L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R takes the stage

Play opens today at ERHS


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The cast of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” rehearse a scene Saturday, Nov. 2. The musical runs today (Thursday, Nov. 7) through Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

MIKE NESPER

What do you get when you combine comedy, song and dance and a spelling bee?

Eagle River High’s latest musical.

The school is putting on three shows of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” today (Thursday, Nov. 7) through Saturday, Nov. 9.

The show follows spelling bee contestants — each of whom have unique personalities and attire.

“They’re a little quirky,” said ERHS junior Julia Woodring.

Throughout the show, the contestants’ background is learned.

“There’s a lot of flashbacks,” Woodring said. “You get a lot of history of the characters.”

Audience members should expect to laugh, said junior Chase Newbrough.

“It’s very funny,” he said. “It’s not hard to get a lot of the humor.”

The audience can also expect to be part of the production.

Each night, a few audience members will have their spelling skills put to the test when they’re brought on stage as contestants, Woodring said.

“That’s fun,” she said. “We’ve got some improv with them.”

For Newbrough, the variety of musical numbers is his favorite part of the play. Most songs are comedic, he said, but others are sweet and some are sad, he said.

The cast has put in long hours preparing for tonight’s opening, Newbrough said, and it should provide great entertainment for all those who come to see it.

“It’s just gonna be an all-around great show,” he said.

Tickets for “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are $10 for general admission and $7 for students, military and seniors. The show starts at 7 p.m. all three nights.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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