YMMV / The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Fanon: Pairings Leaf/Logainne and Chip/Marcy. As they only have brief exchanges during the play, they're also Ships That Pass in the Night.
    • Also, Chip/Marigold and, to a lesser extent, Leaf/Marcy.
    • Leaf/Chip is common on AO3 and Tumblr especially.
  • Mary Sue: Marcy Park is this. Much to her chagrin.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jesus shows up in one scene to impart wisdom to Marcy.
  • Toy Ship: William and Olive
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Any number of school productions don't seem to grasp that, if they need to Bowdlerize an entire musical number, they may have picked the wrong play.
    • Often schools will cut out Logainne's two dads and instead make her adopted by a straight couple
    • Some productions perform an "Adult Night" version of the show, featuring jokes aimed at a much older audience. Many of the spellers' sentences, for example:
    Doug Panch: Hearing the immense size of the 'capybara,' Richard Gere said "Sign me up."
    • Characters even make racist comments at Marcy's expense.
  • The Woobie: Try to name one character who doesn't have at least shades of this. Hint: This is not possible.
    • Wanna bet?
      • Considering that the audience spellers are given new words if they spell theirs right, and that the remaining spellers cheer when the last of them is eliminated, they should probably count too.