Loni sits down with three of the cast members of the SJ Rep Theater production ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ to discuss acting, musicals, and, of course, spelling. Do they know their ABCs?

In this interview:

  • Marc De La Cruz as Chip Tolentino
  • Dani Marcus as Olive Ostrovsky
  • Clifton Guterman as Leaf Coneybear

The production is directed by Timothy Near in her swan song for the Rep (she received a standing ovation, along with the cast, on opening night). Rick Lombardo will begin a new era of artistic leadership starting with the 2009/2010 season.

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon. Also, we have a special surprise bonus featuring assistant director and motion consultant Amanda Folena.

Stark Insider Presents: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Cast Interview

Part 1 – ‘Getting to know the cast’
Part 2 – ‘The audience, staying in character’
Part 3 – ‘Relating to the Bee, Barfee’s hair’
Bonus – The ‘Spelling Bee’ Theater Training: So You Think You Can Dance Edition with Amanda Folena, Assistant Director

Clinton Stark
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