'Putnam County' is the new Rydell High

 
This weekend is the opening of Curtain Call’s musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.
 
I would say not for  many, many years has there been a more popular musical as  Putnam County is well on its way to becoming as popular a stop on American stages. 
 
With this bold production by Curtain Call Theatre, it’s easy to see why the Bee is becoming so popular. The action is unpredictable, the jokes are funny, and the characters are endearing and relatable. 
 
For example, as socially challenged super-speller William Barfée, Andy Velishek shows off his dancing skills in the showstopper “Magic Foot.” 
 
As the lovable flake Leaf Coneybear, Becky Daleiden does a fantastic job doing turns and runs before she flops into a trance and correctly spells her words.
 
SchwartzandGrubenierre (daughter of two gay fathers who have last names “Schwartz” and “Grubenierre”), and Kendra Braunger as Olive Ostrovsky is wide-eyed and adorable. Laura Velishek (Marcy Parks) and Denise DeVinney (Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom) vie for top vocal honors, each providing thrilling moments in major solos. 
 
Our John Grimm holds it all together by routinely cracking everyone up as Vice Principal Panch.
 
Part of the fun of the play is the audience interaction. Four audience members are used as contestants. If they spell their word correctly, they remain on stage until they miss one, at which time they’re given a compensatory juice box while the other spellers sing, “Goodbye”. 
 
Kolacky Days
The 79th annual Kolacky Days celebration is now on the books. I think it will be one we all remember as unique due to its unseasonably low temperatures. I don’t remember when I’ve ever had to wear a sweatshirt just to keep warm! 
 
Congratulations to Montgomery’s newest ambassadors Queen Allie Trnka, First Princess and Miss Congeniality Kayla Trcka, and Second Princess Katelyn Stasney.You have a fun year ahead of you. Make the best of it.
 
The Montgomery Area Community Club put on another great pageant last Friday. All of the Queen Candidates did a great job with their interviews and evening gown competition. 
 
I have to give huge applause to one candidate in particular. Andrea Foote, came onstage during the talent competition and couldn’t even do her talent. She had planned to play an energetic song on her saxophone, but right before she went on, the instrument broke. She went on stage and tried to play her song but the instrument would not cooperate. She apologized and left the stage for that part of the pageant. 
My heart broke for her and I got the feeling the whole crowd felt badly for her. Unfortunately, that part of the pageant was a third of her total score. 
 
It’s not consolation, but my daughter, Hannah who is a lifeguard at the pool, said she had heard Andrea’s talent earlier in the week and said it was amazing. 
 
Other than that, our annual festival seemed to be another huge success. 
 
Now, what’s next? Oh yes, back to school. (Sorry kids.)