The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE Analysis
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE was performed at Doudna Fine Arts Center February twenty seventh, Directed by Brian LeTraunik and the music directed by Seth Killen. At first I was hesitant to spend money to attend a musical about a spelling bee. I had a multiple friends that told me that it was very well done and hilarious. Since the friends who told this were also theater art majors I figured that their opinion are most likely slightly biased. How good could a musical about a spelling bee actually be? This was my question entering the auditorium. As I left I can say I honestly enjoyed the show. The eastern Illinois university drama put on another good musical. As I walked in the theater I was brought into what seemed like a middle school. The lockers and anti bullying signs reminded me much of what my school looked like. During the play nothing to impressive happened involving the props or the set. It was very basic, nothing special. The story line was very well done. Making a play about a spelling bee seems like it would be a difficult task. The first half of the play was hilarious. Jokes were cracked one right after the other. The whole audience was in laughter. Multiple random audience members were brought up as last minuet spelling bee contestants (I am very glad I was not selected). I found this to be especially funny. As the play went on it started to drag. The humor that I found in the beginning was no longer there. It seemed to just get dull.
The cast was filled with very talented singers with very nice voices. Courtney Mark which played one of the hosts particularly stood out. I very much enjoyed listening to her sing. She had very good control and I liked the elegance of her voice. Alex Vokoun, which played one of the spelling bee contestants, the guy with the “magic foot” also stood out. I do not know if it was his character and how...
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