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posted: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Fall musical is "spell"-binding

Hysterical. H-Y-S-T-E-R-I-C-A-L. Hysterical. At least, that is what you will think when you see the fall musical, directed by Mr. Christopher Bosch. Audience members will hear Mr. Bosch's signature laugh as cast members delight the audience with their comedic delivery and talents.

Mount Olive High School is pleased to present their fall production of the hilarious show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, from November 20th-22nd at 7pm each evening at the MOHS Performing Arts Center. The musical, which originally premiered on Broadway in 2005, is typically a one-act production that takes place at a spelling bee for elementary school students as they each spell words and sing their background stories.

Unlike many other musicals and shows, this production relies on some audience participation for certain scenes. Four members of the audience are randomly selected to come on stage and be participants in the spelling competition.

Mr. Bosch said he watched other schools and venues produce the show to help him decide how to direct the musical at MOHS. He said, "Watching the other projects, they mostly develop the comedy, but these kids develop the characters. The audience can empathize with these characters, which the students have made into three-dimensional characters."

Mrs. Jodi Bosch, MOHS Drama teacher, added, "It's spellbinding! Get it? Spell-binding."

Jack Spinosa, one of the student actors in the play said, "It's been a wonderful experience." Jane Baduina agreed and added, "Audience members can find themselves in these characters. They're very relatable."

MOHS freshman, Priscilla McDade, thinks her nine-year old character is very spunky and interesting. She said, "I've learned so much from my character. She's a really politically-aware character. She's not your average 9-year old. She's a gay rights activist, but she goes through the same struggles that every kid goes through at one point."

Always the jokester, Jason Schultz said, "I hate everyone. Just kidding. They're my best friends." Jason is enjoying his role in the show, especially how he gets to tap into his creative and humorous side to bring the role to life.

The Stage Crew has a lot to prepare for the show as well. MOHS junior, Connor Zehnder has been enjoying the experience: "It's fun. As stage manager I run the show and call cues. I'm also the connection between backstage and the booth."

Michael Garth, Stage Crew President and senior stage manager, is excited that Putnam is his final fall production. He said, "This is a wonderful fall show to go out on" and is looking forward to the spring musical, The Addams Family.

Similarly, Duffy Heitmann, MOHS junior, said, "I love working with this cast, and I can't wait to see how The Addams Family goes in the spring."

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 973-927-2208 ext. 7399.

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