Ray-Pec High School to present 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

February 14, 2014 

The Ray-Pec High School Fine Arts Department announces its upcoming production of the musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Performances of the show will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20; Friday, Feb. 21; and Saturday, Feb. 22; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Academy Theatre at Ray-Pec High School. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office line at 816-892-3999 extension 2400. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Free childcare will be provided.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious musical comedy set at a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County. It follows the hopes and life lessons learned by a group of spellers and the adult administrators during the bee. Adding to the fun, a group of four guest spellers from the audience will compete each night.

With an inventive, improvisational script and memorable music, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has delighted audiences since it first premiered less than 10 years ago. Running on Broadway for more than 1,100 performances, the Ray-Pec theatre department looks forward to bringing this hit to the community.

The cast includes Joy Sharp as Rona Lisa Peretti, Drew Brown as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, Andrea Ambam as Michelle Mahoney, Logan Schoessel as Olive Ostrovsky, Cameron Perry as William Barfee, Madilynn Mansur as Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre, Tatum Branson as Marcy Park, Michael Berry as Leaf Coneybear, and Nick Schneider as Chip Tolentino, Jonah Desneux as Carl Grubenierre, Justin Howard as Dan Schwartz, Delaney Swanson as Leaf’s Mom, Ian Fleming as Leaf’s Dad, Katlyn Rushin as Olive’s Mom, Sawyer Henkle as Olive’s Dad. Also appearing in the show are Thomas Davis, Julienne Graebner, Hannah Rose, Malone Blaich, Stefania Smith, Ian Phillips, Jordan Gregory, Kylee Reichman, and Kaitlin Roberts.

Working behind the scenes are teacher Todd Schnake as the director, teacher Stephen Rew as the music director, teacher Karla Penechar as the scenic designer and technical director, and teacher Pam Schnake, and district patrons Michael Connelly and Kay Connelly as production assistants. Joy Sharp is the choreographer. The assistant directors for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are students Jamie Berry, Brock Masters, and Kylee Reichman. The stage managers are Kylee Reichman and Kaitlin Roberts. The master carpenter and master electrician is Andrea Shaw. The sound engineer is Austin Loar. Props master is Brayden Roberts and the house manager is Guin Wright. Brayden Roberts and Molly Hoye are the follow spot operators.

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