Davidson to direct '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'
Aili Smith, assistant humanities professor, will direct the musical "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" June 26-30. Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn and additional material by Jay Reiss, the story follows the lives of six young outsiders dealing with hardships, ranging from puberty to simply finding their places in the world, while competing for the honorable spelling championship.
"How can a friendless, peanut-intolerant boy and a neglected girl who grew up reading the dictionary on the toilet find love? Come see "Spelling Bee" to find out," said Smith. "It is hilariously funny with a super talented cast. If you wish to see a competitor spell words with his foot, you must see this show."
MSU Summer Theatre season 48ís other scheduled productions include "The Nerd." A comedy by Larry Shue about making promises leading to dysfunctional obligations, it runs July 6 to 10.
After over a decade of absence, "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes the season July 18 to 23. This 1960s rock opera recaps the swift rise to fame of Jesus, his radical teachings and the apostles who supported or betrayed their beloved teacher.
All shows are in the MSU Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and children over 12, $5 for children 12 and under and $3 for MSU personnel and summer students with current MSU ID. Reservations may be made by calling the Summer Theatre box office at 858-3228.