Nazareth Academy presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a fun and funny musical comedy with the added bonus of audience participation. It is directed by Kim White, who is retiring at the end of the school year, according to a news release.
The plot’s invitation to include others is one of the reasons White chose the musical, noting, “Out of all the shows I have directed at Nazareth, it is one of my favorites. It has the essence of children, of fun, of happiness. There is an element where there is audience participation, and I am hoping to have some alums I’ve worked with back on stage again.”
White has taught for 43 years, with 33 years spent teaching and directing plays at Nazareth. Her retirement means “Spelling Bee” will be her final production at Nazareth.
“After 43 years of teaching, I hope I have imparted not only good acting skills on my students, but good human skills on my students,” White said. “Our world needs good and kind and loving people. I think that is what Nazareth is all about.”
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 20 to 22 and at 1 p.m. April 23 in the Romano Family Theatre at Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. Tickets cost $18 and will be available for purchase online beginning April 3. A link to ticket sales will be available via Nazareth’s website at www.nazarethacademy.com.
Characters and cast
Chip Tolentino: Harrison Gianares of Hinsdale
Logainne Schwartzandgruebenierre: Ava Bucur of Berwyn
Leaf Coneybear: Jay Conkin of Western Springs
William Barfee: Gavin Dimit of Burr Ridge
Marcy Park: Ava Hartschuh of Burr Ridge
Olive Ostrovsky: Marieclaire Popernik of Western Springs
Rona Lisa Perretti: Lexi Connerty of Western Springs
Vice Principal Douglas Panch: Addrian West of La Grange
Mitch Mahoney: Daniel Kestler of Stickney
Grace Enderle of Westmont, Maddie Markham of Riverside, Alaina Milon of Westchester, Liam O’Meara of Clarendon Hills and Liam Ryan and Jack Siffermann, both of Western Springs.