New musical starts year strong

The Bettendorf High School Theatre Department is presenting the 2005 Tony Award winning musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this Oct. 8-10.

"Generally, the theatre department presents only one musical and one play, but this year decided to present two musicals. This particular musical is a great fit for the department," said director of theatre, Katie Howard.

"I love getting to do two musicals this year because I love to sing and, to me, music makes things more interesting," senior Lindsey Sheldon said.

"Actors get more experience with two shows. You also form stronger bonds and make new friends," sophomore Ali Girsch said.

“Putnam County” is a different kind of musical because it includes audience participation, something that can be unfamiliar to young actors.

"It will be tons of fun for the actors and audience, but it will be a challenge for the actors because every production will be different and they will have to adjust," Howard said.

The show was also selected to be performed as the opening production at the Iowa Thespian Festival in front of a nearly 1000 member audience in November.


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