Oct. 25-26 Advanced Drama puts on “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!”

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee poster

Advanced Drama has a vast assortment of projects that they do over the year, tending to be quite difficult (hince the word, “advanced”). Let’s dig deep into the project they’re working on over the course of this month—The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

According to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” it states, “This charming coming-of-age tale also invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night.” If you enjoy comedy, you should definitely come to this show to have a laugh. With the Advanced Drama class doing that this year, this will guarantee a good show.

I decided to interview a few people who are working on the project to see how things are going so far.

First up, I talked to Jade who’s a part of Advanced Drama, to get the student aspect of it and just to see how things are going for her in the class.

What is your role in the project, and how does it help reach a live audience?
“I have a small extra role but I’m mainly the dance captain. I give input on the choreo of the major dance numbers and help teach them [in] the class. I make sure that the dance numbers look good on stage from the audience’s perspective and when some moves don’t work out.”

Has anything been stressful so far?
“There haven’t been any stressful situations for me, other than the show being in a month and still needing to complete choreography for multiple songs. But that shouldn’t be a problem since the cast is made up of students that’ll have no problem with picking up and perfecting the choreo quickly.”

I then decided to interview Mrs. Lance, who is the Theatre director here at Lanier.

What is this musical about?
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is our one act show which we are performing at region competition on October the 30th. The show itself is about a group of 10 to 12 year olds who are competing for their county bee, and it’s about who wins the bee and their relationships … kind of how they get to know each other and survive the bee.”

How are the Advanced Drama kids handling things?
“… they’re doing a great job. They have actually glocked their whole show, they’re rehearsing it, they’re creating choreography, they build the sets, they make the costumes, they do the promotion. It’s completely in-house, everything is inside of that class. They are getting to the point where it’s getting a little stressful as we have competition in three weeks with Fall Break right in the middle. So, they’re getting to that point but they’re almost off-book and we’ve been through our show multiple times.”

How do you join Advanced Drama?
“To be in Advanced Drama you have to complete one of the intro classes which is either Intro to Theatre Fundamentals, Tech 1, or Musical Theatre 1. Then, you have to audition by doing two contrasting monologues or a technical portfolio.”

Now that you have a deeper understanding of what’s going on in Advanced Drama, make sure to come watch their show. Purchase tickets here: (tickets are 5$ each).

Ford’s Theatre. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee