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PMSA Students Spell It Correctly With Spring Musical

April 25, 2014 09:50 AM
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Students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy showed that they can sing and spell with their production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in March at PMSA.

Based on the Broadway production of the same, the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" told the story of a spelling bee at a fictional middle school featuring quirky student contestants and the quirky adults who organize the contest.

Ms. Mary Scherer-Edmunds, the director of the play and a PMSA fine arts teacher, said that she and Mr. Matthew Brown, the play’s music director and a PMSA music teacher, looked for a musical with good music, a good story, and a scope that fit the size and composition of the student body at PMSA.

"‘Spelling Bee,’ the 2005 Tony-award winning musical, seemed like the perfect choice," she said. "It has great music, some improvisation (which we know our kids excel at), and a universal storyline that is funny and touching at the same time."

p-spring-musical2-2014-380The production, which played to a capacity crowd of more than 200 people on its last two nights, also marked a first for the drama department at PMSA in that they staged the play in the school’s cafeteria rather than the auditorium. Ms. Scherer-Edmunds said that the atmosphere in the cafeteria is more like a school gymnasium, which is the setting for the play’s spelling bee.

Student roles in the production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" were as follows:
 
Cast (in order of appearance)
Rona Lisa Peretti – Ava Raddatz
Chip Tolentino/Jesus Christ – Ryan Ruiz
Logainne Schwarzandgrubiniere – Amber Warfield
Leaf Coneybear – Jen Kvasnicka
William Barfee – Justin Clark
Marcy Park – Karina Renteria
Olive Ostrovsky – Miranda Binns-Calvey
Vice Principal Douglas Panch – Jesus Velazquez
Margret Mahoney – Eboni Bradley
 
Crew
Director – Ms. Mary Scherer-Emunds
Music Director – Mr. Matthew Brown
Stage Manager – Brady Comenduley
Assistant Stage Manager – Marcella Jordan
Stacey Brown
Shannon Buchanon
Elise Carr
Iselle Heredia
Jasmine Johnson
Filip Letkiewicz
Lily Martinez
Ilse Murguia
Evelyn Popoca
Christian Ruiz
Company (in order of appearance):
Chip’s Mom – Citlalli Gonzalez
Carl’s Dad – Daniel Zeh
Dan’s Dad – Joey Danek
Logainne’s Aunt – Kamryn Calhoun
Marcy’s Mom – Alejandra Abarca
Brook – Kaia Jenkins-Price
Marigold – Abby Peterson
Raisin – Rachael Calcote
Landscape – Mone Clay
Pinecone – Rachael Ozarowski
Paul/Olive’s Dad – Oai Ma
Leaf’s Mother – Emma Plesnicar
Leaf’s Father – Brady Comenduley
William’s Sister – Felicia Oduh
William’s Grandmother – Kennedy Joseph
Marcy’s Aunt/Olive’s Mom – Joy DuBose
 
Pit Band
Brandon Bruscato – Keyboard
Dewon Evans – Percussion
Ethan Rosa – Percussion
Kevin Salazar – Percussion
Hailey Caffie – Clarinet
Shaina Warfield – Clarinet
Natalie Martinez – Flute
Julie Ortiz – Flute
Alex Damato – Saxophone
 
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