Spelling Bee Musical a Huge Success [Photo Album]

Music and laughter filled the Flinner Auditorium on November 3rd and 4th as the Northwood School drama club put on a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Most of the school attended an open dress rehearsal on November 1st in preparation for the Saturday evening performance and Sunday matinee that were open to the public. The performance marked the return of Northwood’s drama program and the first musical at the school in decades, according to longtime Northwood theatre-goers. (Story continues below slideshow)

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The open dress rehearsal attended by most of the school garnered positive reviews from many students. “It was the best play I’ve seen in my four years at Northwood,” said Wyatt Friedlander ‘19.

Ms. Noel Carmichael directed the show. “This was one of the shortest rehearsal periods I have ever had to stage a musical,” said Carmichael. “There were definitely days where I wasn’t sure if we were going to be ready for an audience. But in the end, the cast rallied and nailed it!” she said.

“We also had way too much fun in rehearsal,” Carmichael added. “Quite regularly we just had to take a break because we couldn’t stop laughing!”

Cast members were happy with the show. “The play went well”, said Noah Pittman ‘21, who played Chip Tolentino. “We got a huge kick out of the crowd and they seemed to really enjoy it. Ms. Carmichael, Mr. Portal, and Ms. Knapton really helped us out.”

“The cast often left rehearsals feeling stressed and worried, but as the last week came around we could feel the energy and excitement increase.” said Morgan Broderick ‘19, who played Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre  “The audience really seemed to like it and the whole cast enjoyed performing together” she added.

Ms. Carmichael recently announced that the drama club’s next production will be “Anon(ymous),” an adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey” by Naomi Iizuka. The performance will be in February at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Students interested in getting involved in any way with the performance should see Ms. Carmichael.


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