History Theatre / TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee

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.
3rd Apr '16 9:17:51 AM dexterian120
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''The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'' is a musical about six misfit kids in a spelling bee and the three crazy adults in charge. The music was written by William Finn and the book was written by Rachel Sheinkin.

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''The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'' is a musical about six misfit kids in a spelling bee and the three crazy adults in charge. The music was written by William Finn and the book was written by Rachel Sheinkin. A later Broadway musical in 2005 opened to excellent reviews and several Tony awards.

The Broadway shows had unusual amounts of AudienceParticipation- a half hour before the show starts, four real audience members are picked to spell in the bee, for example, and characters will single out age-appropriate audience members as their "families." Often, an improvisational comedian is picked to play the official pronouncer, and comes up with increasingly hilarious and strange examples when asked to use the word in a sentence.
19th Mar '16 9:04:55 PM jewishenjolras
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* ParentalLoveSong: "The I Love You Song", though Olive's parents [[ParentalNeglect aren't actually there]], she's only imagining them and wishing they'd express their love for her.
6th Nov '15 6:13:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents]]: Implied in "The I Love You Song."
** Although depending on your interpretation, each speller has these to an extent.

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* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents]]: AbusiveParents: Implied in "The I Love You Song."
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" Although depending on your interpretation, each speller has these to an extent.
6th Nov '15 6:12:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* CutSong: "Why We Like Spelling" shows up on the main soundtrack but generally isn't present in performances.



* DawsonCasting: The adult actors play characters who are in elementary or middle school.



* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: A few segments can be improvised, though often there are default lines that performers can fall back on. In particular, Panch is often played by an improvisational comic and is given a fair amount of leniency with how he deals with the spellers from the audience.
3rd Nov '15 8:56:13 PM aarthicat
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** That's nothing compared to acouchi and tittup. (Say those aloud too.) Leaf and Chip are even visibly surprised and embarrassed upon hearing them.
7th Sep '15 1:01:49 AM AdelePotter
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** Basically, Mitch is the only character who ''doesn't'' treat the bee as one. He comes off as a bit of an OnlySaneMan because of this.
1st Aug '15 11:30:22 AM SomeName
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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the plot of this play cannot work properly unless the cast members are the ones to make it to the finals, so they had to come up with some pretext to eliminate the audience members eventually.
2nd Jun '15 4:40:34 PM RaustBD
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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 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 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.]]
27th Apr '15 10:00:58 AM Tidal_Wave_17
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* CharacterTics: Each of the main spellers besides Chip and Marcy have a special technique to help them figure out the word before actually spelling it:
** Logainne spells out the word on her arm
** Olive speaks the word into her hand
** Leaf goes into a trance
** And of course, Barfee and his magic foot
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