By San Clemente Times
San Clemente High School Theatre Arts students are back to school and preparing to perform The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The play is a heartwarming musical comedy and Tony Award-winner. The play runs at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Tickets are sold at the SCHS Triton Center at www.schsdrama.com. General admission is $15 and $10 for students, children, seniors and members of the military.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is set in a school gymnasium. The story follows six quirky, yet lovable, young competitors who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Throughout the show they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser, while looking at the pressures of growing up and learning that it’s cool to be smart.
The SCHS production artistic team consists of Director Daniel Ingram, Assistant Director Jonathan Crawford, Musical Director Jeremy Wiggins and Choreographer Laurie Mason.
Cast: Tamara Armstrong, Annie Combs, Garrett Claud, Luke Gianelli, Paris Hull, Jonathan Jackson, Bri Kirkwood, Daniel Klevit, Kyra Kuhn, Delaney Marchant, Carlie McCleary, Cassidy McCleary, Noah Ortega, Gabby Reid, Ashlyn Rose, Ashely Seng, Cat Sullins, Sienna Smith, Zach Thomas and Sean Van Savage.
Crew includes: Shea Donnelly, Saffron Sener, Paris Hull, Lainey Reyland, Joshua Pavlis, Nicole Buscombe, Kelsey Morales, Cookie Greenberg, Abigail Ambach, Sabrina Swarthout, Julia Becker, Maya Howie, Annie Reyland, Grisham Peck, Collin Meyer and Rachel Reese.