A! Magazine for the Arts

Viking Players perform ‘Spelling Bee’ spring musical

March 27, 2019

Tennessee High School Viking Players present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at the high school. The play was written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn. Performances are April 5 at 7 p.m., April 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and April 7 at 7 p.m.

“Spelling Bee” is a musical featuring an eclectic group of tweens who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six young people dream of glory, acceptance, love and parental approval - all treasures that come along with the winner’s trip to Washington, D. C. and the national spelling bee. The quirky, hilarious and lovable spellers competing in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” invite you on their angst and joy-filled journey of adolescence as they learn about winning, losing and themselves. This musical includes many improvised moments, with some audience participation.

Amber Davis, director, has chosen two casts for this production. They are Chip Tolentino played by Ethan Riffey and Logan Smith; Olive Ostrovsky played by Allie Frye and Brenna Requardt; Leaf Coneybear played by Christian Dotson; Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere played by Justine Norton and Hana Goss; William Barfee played by Hunter Hawthorne; Marcy Park played by Maddie Dorton and Nyla Surber; Rona Lisa Perretti played by Aly White; Vice Principal Douglas Panch played by Will Chafin; and Nate Roark and Mitch Mahoney played by Gaby Barchan and Alex Perry.

Emilyn Belcher is stage manager. Musical direction is provided by Jason Whitson with Chris Fritz as the accompanist.