Last night I attended The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performed at the President’s House on campus. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a Tony Award winning musical about an elementary school spelling bee set at a “Junior High School Gymnasium”. The show featured a variety of choreographed musical numbers, word related puns, and six precocious “young” spellers, played by both current and former Trinity students.
I absolutely love the fact that the President’s House was opened up to students in order to view this hysterical musical. There is something so cool about being able to say “I watched a musical in the house of the President of Trinity College”. Since we were in the living room, the stage was very small, but this only made the show more interesting. Audience participation was highly encouraged and three audience members were even chosen to be “guest” spellers in the first act of the show.
The cast demonstrated their brilliant acting and singing skills in the portrayals of their zany and unique characters. They constantly earned laughs from the audience for both physical comedy and verbal word play. The cast’s attention to detail and hard work was apparent throughout the entire show, making the whole experience an enjoyable one.
I think that it is great that these types of opportunities are available for students to participate in and attend. As students, we are constantly exposed to all kinds of artistic performances, which truly contribute to our liberal arts experience and build a sense of community, as students often attend shows in support of their friends involved in the shows. Whether students participate in the shows, demonstrating their artistic skills, or simply attend, these shows are always exciting. It’s one of the many things that makes Trinity such a great school.
Until next time,