The West Hempstead High School Drama Club presented the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for students, faculty and community members.
Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, the story brings together an eclectic group of sixth-graders, each eager to win the competition for very different reasons. These young students include sweet and timid Olive Ostrovsky, who traveled by bus with her only friend – the dictionary – to compete; the bold and hyper-allergic William Barfee, who plans to use his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; returning champion Charlito “Chip” Tolentino, who struggles with his escalating puberty as he tries to win for the second time; the easily distracted Leaf Coneybear, who entered the bee as second runner-up and is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a competitor; overachiever Marcy Park, who is disappointed by her consistent success; and the politically aware Logainne “Schwartzy” Schwartzandgrubenierre, who is only competing to impress her father. Through hilarious, touching and catchy songs, the spellers reveal their hopes, struggles and passions as they make their way through the competition.
Captivating the audience from the first act, the cast gave a riveting performance as they embraced their inner tween, spelling challenging words and exposing their ambitions and aspirations for life.
The drama club would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to West Hempstead Director of Music and Fine Arts Jonathan Trapani, production directors Wayne Heckler, Joseph Kane and Nicole Morace, choreographer Melissa Benson and stage director Daniel D’Pasquale for their unconditional support and dedication to another successful spring musical.
To view all photos from the performance visit the photo album link on the high school webpage.