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CHHS Presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Amanda Urena, Staff Writer

Chino Hills High School’s Theatre Department is gracing the stage with its second show of the year; a musical comedy entitled The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show is unlike any other production CHHS has put on. Domo Velasco, who plays Marcy Park, explains: “This show is different because there is a lot of freedom for us to improv and ad-lib […] also we have audience participation and bring some people up on stage that is not at all a typical thing in musicals.” This audience participation factor is surely something that will appeal to various theatergoers, but beyond that the show is one that can appeal to people of all ages. The story follows six kids as they vie for the title of champion of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and through songs and hilarity the audience comes to learn about the Idiosyncrasies of each character and stick around to see who wins the bee. As Ms. Velasco puts it, “I think the audience is going to enjoy all of our characters because while they’re pretty wacky and out there, there’s traits where you can recognize someone you know.” These traits come out in each character, thanks to the hard work that each actor embodies for their character. Chloe Cuberly, who plays Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, proclaims that she loves “getting to let out my inner child and be this fidgety stressed little kid whose biggest problem is winning the spelling bee.” While that might seem trivial, the genuineness with which each character vies for the title makes you invested in their journeys – and the merriment that the audience member gets to witness on stage is sure to put a stich in their side and a smile on their face. Be sure to witness this special production on February 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7 P.M. in the CHHS theatre. Tickets are only $10 at the door, and ASB cardholders can buy one and get one free! Don’t miss it!

 

 

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