25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Play Review

When my sister told me that she was going on a class trip to a nearby theatre to see a local theatre group put on a musical, I was mostly joking in my suggestion that I should follow along. But she asked her teacher; and next thing I know, I’m in a seat with my sister’s class about to watch a small production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. And it was definitely worth going through the trouble.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tells the story of a typical spelling bee competition among a group of young children. Each child, of course, has his or her own back story regarding how they became competitors aiming for first place. Some children are smart and value this knowledge, others have parents who encourage them to study more than they perhaps choose, while others do it to possibly distract themselves from their home life.

Despite the emotional plotline, the script itself is absolutely hilarious. I found myself crying with laughter, and having to tell myself to calm down as a more emotional scene approached. Songs such as “My Unfortunate Erection” really sum up the musical; children who are so determined to succeed that they end up failing, sometimes in the most horrifying of ways.

If I ever got a chance, I would most definitely see this musical again, and I would encourage anyone who needs a good laugh to go see Spelling Bee.


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