Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Lau­ren Tesolin

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.

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