History Theatre / TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee

3rd Apr '17 6:09:09 PM PaulA
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* GradeSkipper: Marcy has skipped both fourth and fifth grade.
20th Feb '17 9:15:07 PM PaulA
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The six kids, in order of appearance, are:
* Chip Tolentino, last year's winner, who is not only good at words but also a star baseball player
* Logainne Schwartzandgrubinierre, who has a lisp, is raised by her two gay dads and is precociously aware of political issues
* Leaf Coneybear, a home-schooled {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who got into the county bee by default after everyone who beat him in the district bee had to withdraw
* William Barfée, a SicklyNeuroticGeek who was doing well at last year's Bee until he was struck down by one of his many allergies
* Marcy Park, recently arrived from out of state, who is good at ''everything''; she won her old county's bee last year and went on to make the top ten in the national bee
* Olive Ostrovsky, a shy girl who came to the Bee by herself because her mother is out of the country and the her father is busy at work

The three adults are:
* Rona Lisa Peretti, the emcee, who is disappointed with the path her life has taken since the glorious day when she won the 3rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
* Doug Panch, the word pronouncer, whose previous stint in the role five years earlier ended in unspecified ignominy
* Mitch Mahoney, the comfort counsellor, an ex-con serving community service who thinks (at least at first) that everybody is taking the bee way too seriously



* DreamBallet: One ensues when [[spoiler:William realizes how much he has come to like Olive over the course of the Bee]].



* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: William Barfée (Bar-FAY)

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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: William Barfée (Bar-FAY)


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* NoodleIncident: The Incident Five Years Ago.


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* PuppyLove: William and Olive.
20th Feb '17 7:40:56 PM PaulA
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* MisspellingOutLoud: Most of the characters get eliminated for reasonable slip-ups involving doubled or silent letters -- and then there's [[spoiler:Marcy's rebellion against her parents' oppressively high expectations by spelling "camouflage" with a J and a Z]].


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* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: After being given one of her words, Marcy mutters [[spoiler:"Jesus Christ, can't you give me a more difficult word than ''that''?" -- and Jesus Christ makes a personal appearance to answer the question. It turns out all right for her, though, as Jesus doesn't take her literally and instead they have a friendly conversation about what she really wants]].
18th Dec '16 1:45:01 PM ayelet
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* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted, and averted ''very deliberately''. Logainne is the most notable case: she's the child of a ''gay couple'', but they (though mostly Carl) are portrayed as deeply flawed, to put it ''mildly'', like any heterosexual parents are capable of being. Marcy looks like she plays this trope straight, being an Asian portrayed as one of the best, but then [[spoiler: she throws the bee after advice from Jesus, deciding not to live up to expectations]]. Chip's aversion of the trope is a variable case depending on the production; because his last name is "Tolentino", Chip is sometimes played by a Hispanic actor. [[spoiler: And no, Chip doesn't win the bee either; he's eliminated when he's distracted by an erection he got from looking at an attractive girl, and because of his distraction he tries to back up and correct himself in the middle of a word, which is against the rules.]]

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* PositiveDiscrimination: Averted, and averted ''very deliberately''. Logainne is the most notable case: she's the child of a ''gay couple'', but they (though mostly Carl) are portrayed as deeply flawed, to put it ''mildly'', like any heterosexual parents are capable of being. Marcy looks like she plays this trope straight, being an Asian portrayed as one of the best, but then [[spoiler: she throws the bee after advice from Jesus, deciding not to live up to expectations]]. Chip's aversion of the trope is a variable case depending on the production; because his last name is "Tolentino", Chip is sometimes played by a Hispanic or Filipino actor. [[spoiler: And no, Chip doesn't win the bee either; he's eliminated when he's distracted by an erection he got from looking at an attractive girl, and because of his distraction he tries to back up and correct himself in the middle of a word, which is against the rules.]]


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**Note that because Marigold is an audience member chosen by the actors, this is not always her defining characteristic.
4th Dec '16 3:22:22 PM PaulA
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** [[spoiler:On being eliminated, Leaf does a reprise of his IAmSong, "I'm Not That Smart", which starts out sad but ends on a triumphant, because although he didn't win he's lasted longer than anybody expected and proved to himself that he ''is'' smart]].

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** [[spoiler:On being eliminated, Leaf does a reprise of his IAmSong, "I'm Not That Smart", which starts out sad but ends on a triumphant, triumphant note, because although he didn't win he's lasted longer than anybody expected and proved to himself that he ''is'' smart]].
4th Dec '16 3:04:57 PM PaulA
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* DarkReprise / TriumphantReprise: Apart from the first few audience members, one of these comes up nearly every time someone gets eliminated. [[spoiler:Leaf's reprise]] manages to be both, starting out dark and ending triumphant.
** [[spoiler: Logainne's is arguably the darkest, since she's the only one that is devastated by her elimination (aside from Chip, whose elimination is played for laughs). Her reprise doesn't end on a happy note. She leaves close to tears.]]

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* DarkReprise / TriumphantReprise: DarkReprise: Apart from the first few audience members, one of these comes up nearly every time someone gets eliminated. (A couple of contestants manage a TriumphantReprise instead.) [[spoiler:Leaf's reprise]] manages to be both, starting out dark and ending triumphant.
** [[spoiler: Logainne's is arguably
triumphant. Arguably the darkest, darkest is [[spoiler:Logainne's, since she's the only one that is devastated by her elimination (aside from Chip, whose elimination is played for laughs). Her reprise doesn't end on a happy note. She leaves close to tears.]]


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* TriumphantReprise:
** [[spoiler:On being eliminated, Leaf does a reprise of his IAmSong, "I'm Not That Smart", which starts out sad but ends on a triumphant, because although he didn't win he's lasted longer than anybody expected and proved to himself that he ''is'' smart]].
** [[spoiler:Marcy's elimination song uses the tune of "Pandemonium", which complained that a good speller might still lose due to bad luck, with new words celebrating the fact that Marcy has taken control of her own destiny by deliberately getting a word wrong]].
17th Oct '16 7:23:26 PM PaulA
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* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guy]]: Leaf
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Logainne
* [[HomeschooledKids Homeschooled Kid]]: Leaf Coneybear.

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* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guy]]: Leaf
GranolaGirl: Leaf is a male version.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Logainne
HasTwoMommies: Logainne is the adopted child of a gay male couple.
* [[HomeschooledKids Homeschooled Kid]]: HomeschooledKids: Leaf Coneybear.



* [[JewishAndNerdy Half-Jewish and Nerdy]]: Logainne

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* [[JewishAndNerdy Half-Jewish and Nerdy]]: LogainneJewishAndNerdy: Logainne describes herself as "half-Jewish".



* [[SchrodingersGun Schrodinger's Gun]]: The main use for {{Perfectly Cromulent Word}}s. Certain words given to audience members are declared correct/incorrect regardless of the actual spelling provided.

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* [[SchrodingersGun Schrodinger's Gun]]: SchrodingersGun: The main use for {{Perfectly Cromulent Word}}s. Certain words given to audience members are declared correct/incorrect regardless of the actual spelling provided.
17th Oct '16 7:18:32 PM PaulA
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-> ''At the 25th Annual''
-> ''We've memorized the manual''
-> ''About how to spell these words''
-> ''Words that require thought''
-> ''People think we're automatons''
-> ''But that is exactly what we're not''

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-> ''At ->''At the 25th Annual''
->
Annual''\\
''We've memorized the manual''
->
manual''\\
''About how to spell these words''
->
words''\\
''Words that require thought''
->
thought''\\
''People think we're automatons''
->
automatons''\\
''But that is exactly what we're not''



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!!!This !!This musical contains examples of



-->Chip: Because my stiffy has [[spoiler:ruined my spelling!]]

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-->Chip: -->'''Chip:''' Because my stiffy has [[spoiler:ruined my spelling!]]



-->'''Chip''': Hey, Leaf, is that your sister in the fourth row wearing the fuzzy sweater?

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-->'''Chip''': -->'''Chip:''' Hey, Leaf, is that your sister in the fourth row wearing the fuzzy sweater?



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogueWhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: At the end, each character comes forward in turn to give a sentence or two about what happened to their character after the bee.
29th Aug '16 7:51:02 PM HamburgerTime
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* VagueAge: It's never specified how old the kids are, probably because [[DawsonCasting they're all played by adults anyway]]. Chip, Olive, and William are all old enough to be interested in the opposite sex, Logainne is younger than the others, and that's all we know.
9th May '16 8:32:13 AM Cailleach
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: The contestants are all very odd in their own ways, but underneath that they're some damn good spellers.
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