Award-winning musical set to cast a spell at Wootton

Lauren Marler, Lola Fudger-Galvez, James OHara and Rosie Lowe rehearse for the show

Lauren Marler, Lola Fudger-Galvez, James OHara and Rosie Lowe rehearse for the show

Wit, humour and a vibrant musical score combine in a show being staged at Wootton Upper School next month.

Pupils are staging the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from Tuesday, November 8, to Thursday, November 10.

First performed Off-Broadway in 2005, and the winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features a fast-paced, comic and touching script and a truly vibrant score and makes use of audience participation.

It follows an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing stories from their home lives, the youngsters spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the ‘ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

Amongst the cast of 12 are some familiar faces, including 16-year-old Kezzie Turner, who already has a wealth of stage and showbiz experiences. Kezzie starred as Mrs Wilkinson in Wootton’s production of Billy Elliot earlier this year and her role in Spelling Bee will be her eighth at Wootton. Kezzie is also a member of the specialist Musical Theatre programme West End Kids who she will be performing with in London’s Regent Street Motor Show later this year.

The role of Mitch Mahoney will be played by 15-year-old Theo Diedrich, who is currently juggling his rehearsal schedules carefully as he will also be playing Buttons in Bedford Pantomime Company’s Cinderella at Bedford Corn Exchange this Christmas.

Email jterrey@wootton.beds.sch.uk to book.