This Spelling Bee is a holiday in innocence

Ryan Mooney directed Spelling Bee for Fighting Chance.

There’s an impressive line-up of talent in Fighting Chance Productions’ 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

If you need a holiday in innocence, check out The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The musical features three eccentric adults, but it’s the vulnerability of its six quirky kid characters that makes the piece so charming. As they compete against one another in a spelling contest, these preadolescents wear their hearts on their sleeves. You can’t help but feel for Logainne as she strains to avoid disappointing her ambitious gay dads. The home-schooled Leaf lives up to the hippie eccentricity of his name, wearing a helmet and cape at all times and communicating through a sock puppet that has more confidence than he does. And, although her parents have essentially abandoned her, Olive generously befriends the gruff, insecure William. [Read more…]