EXPECT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
ST MARYS Public School teacher Rachel Crane is taking her teaching hat off and becoming the student for the next few weeks.
Crane will star in the comedic stage show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, alongside fellow actor Grant Jones.
“I play Olive and she is hilarious,” Crane said about her character.
“She is so adorable. Each of the ‘students’ brings something different to the stage and Olive, I believe, brings a little bit of angst and condescension, but in a really funny and lighthearted way.”
The show, which will span across a couple of weekends in July-August, is sure to be a hit with audiences young and old.
“I might be biased but the show is pretty awesome for families,” Crane said.
So what exactly is the show about?
An eclectic group of six midpubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soulcrushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.
Six spellers enter, one speller wins but at least the losers get a juice box.
“The show revolves around a spelling bee and kids vying for top spot,” Crane said.
“And despite me being a teacher, I can tell you it has been quite difficult to memorise some of these words. I didn’t even know what some of them meant the first time I read the script.
“Would you know what “omphaloskepsis” or “phylactery” is and how to spell it?
“I would be pretty blown away if any child could actually spell and understand these words. But the show isn’t just about tricky words. It’s a funny show that is meant to engage children in learning something new.”
The best part about this show is that audience members get to participate.
“We nominate children to come up and be a part of the show and help us out,” Crane said.
Grant Jones and Rachel Crane cast their comedic spell.