‘Putnam’ Play B-I-G on Laughs, Fun

Senior Led Cast Brought Show to Life


The talented cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

By Julian Brown, Spartan Staff

On Saturday, October 22nd, I attended Marian Catholic’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The play focuses on six middle-school students participating in a spelling bee. Each student enters the bee with their own reason to win. As the competition progresses in the Putnam Middle School gym, musical numbers reveal each contestant’s weaknesses and desires.

The play begins with the first scene/musical number, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”  The scene serves as an introduction to the characters as they hand in their $25 spelling bee fee. Following this scene, each character had a song in which we got to know their secrets in winning the spelling bee and why they wanted to win. The play went in order of how a typical spelling bee would go with people getting a word wrong and going home until, eventually someone won, which in this case was WIlliam Barfee. 

Director of Theater and Speech at Marian Catholic, Ms. Hilger, directed the play which featured six seniors: Morgan Beamon, J Van Beest, Marcus Bobbitt, Candice Brennan, Anjelica Soto and Aaron Yock in key roles. Juniors Chris Reed and Delcena Sawyer, as well as sophomore Trinity Slaughter were crucial in bringing the play to life.

Overall, I think it was definitely a great play to go see and was really a much-needed laughter fest. This play had everyone who went to go see it laughing from the parents to the children. It had jokes for everyone.

I also really enjoyed the choreography by Mrs. Brumfield Bell and the lighting choices which helped depict scenes meant to be witnessed in real time, dreams or flashbacks.

I highly recommend going to see any future plays and musicals at Marian Catholic.