The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a unique type of musical that is perfect for anyone who enjoys laughing non-stop. It is about six weird children who are competing in the county spelling bee, hoping to make it to nationals. You watch these characters and hear all of their unique, and at times sad, stories of their lives outside the Bee. You have the boy with all the medical problems, a girl with a lisp and two gay fathers, a girl too shy to have friends other than her dictionary and a boy trying to make it through adolescence. Yet all of their quirks make them hilariously entertaining.
I had such an amazing time playing the part of Logainne Schwartzandgrubennierre. Her character was like nothing I had ever done before and it challenged me. All Christmas break I worked on talking with my lisp and even singing with a lisp. Day by day I got better and I am so proud of how far I came from that first day getting that script. More importantly, though, I am so proud of how far everyone in the cast came. All of our parts had something strange about them and different that we had to work on, and we all found a way to create the weirdest group of misfit children and judges you have ever seen. I am so grateful to have worked with such a wonderful cast of students.
Performing the last four years at Dublin has simply brought me joy. I am so thankful to Jan and all the cast and crews of the past four years. These people have become my family and I do not know where I would be without them. While Mr. Bates and other members of the Dublin community wait for the first snowfall, so I wait to hear what this year’s play will be. Acting has become such a huge part of my life and I am so glad I got to be part of Dublin and their wonderful theater program. I would like to thank the entire cast of Spelling Bee again for being just a great cast and group of people, thank you for everything. -Paige Brnger ’12