The Spelling Bee is coming…..soon

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will open Tryon Little Theater’s 2014/15 season with performances September 11-14 and 18-21 at TLT’s Workshop Theatre on S. Trade St. in Tryon. The Tony Award winning mini musical, which is laced w10488028_1471556869750727_6204255704067874956_nith adult humor, ran for more than 1,100 performances at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre from 2005 to 2008.
“The show is very well written and quite funny,” director Donna Orzano said. “We are all familiar with the annual National Spelling Bee held each spring in Washington, DC. Well this show looks in on one of the hundreds of qualifying ‘bees’ held around the country, mixing humor and song with the tension and stress of the competitors.”
Music Director, Pam McNeil explained that the show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School where six quirky adolescents compete in a bee run by three equally quirky adults. “An unusual aspect of the one act musical comedy is that four audience members are invited on stage to compete alongside the six ‘student spellers’, McNeil explained. “Although these participants will be screened before the show starts there is no script and thus the ‘improve genie’ is released from the bottle.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin with additional material provided by Jay Reiss.

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Auditions! – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

10488028_1471556869750727_6204255704067874956_nPanch: Miss Park, the work is PHYLACTERY.
Marcy: Thank you. May I have the definition, please?Panch: “either of two small square leather boxes containing religious texts traditionally work on the left arm and head by Jewish men during morning weekday prayers”
Marcy: May I have a sentence please?
Panch: “Billy, put down that phylactery – we’re Episcopalians”

Director Donna Orzano will be holding auditions for the hilarious musical comedy on Friday, July 18th at 7 and Saturday, July 19th at 10am in the Tryon Little Theater Workshop (next to Mr. Juan’s).  Pam McNeil is the Musical Director.

Please come to auditions with sheet music of your choice, at least 16 bars, and be prepared to demonstrate your ability to move/dance. A comedic monologue is encouraged but not required.

Character descriptions and audition script selections are available at the Book Shelf, 94 N. Trade, Tryon, for 24 hour check out.

TLT’s production of the very funny adult comedy
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
By Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn from a book by Rachel Sheinkin
Performance dates: September 11-14 & 18-21,2014 at the Workshop.

Three young women* and 3 young men (must have young high school look).  Two adult males, one around 30, the second older. One female, any age over 30. *One must be able to play her own musical instrument.

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Cast of Shrek the Musical entertain at Sunnydale

At the Tryon Little Theater Annual Meeting recently, dinner was interrupted by a bunch of so-called misfits – ogres, elves, witches and other assorted fairytale creatures – determined to entertain TLT’s membership. Getting a taste of the youth summer production is becoming a tradition at these meetings and Shrek cast at Sunnydale smallersomething the crowd looks forward to. The musical is a must-see show for all the family, and as with any good story, there’s a lesson to be learned.

Shrek, the poor ogre, is turned out by his parents at a young age (because that’s what ogres do), and he finds a patch of stinky swampland to call his own.  Many years later his solitude is disturbed by a bunch of fairytale creatures, dumped on his land because they’ve been banished from their home (the Kingdom of Duloc) by the evil Lord Farquaad. The reason given: he has deemed them freakish and too different from everyone else.

On the way to give Farquaad a telling off, and hoping to get his solitude back, Shrek meets Donkey, who takes an immediate liking to the ogre and decides to accompany him to Duloc, much to Shrek’s chagrin.

Farquaad (of seriously short heritage) however, finds out he can’t become a king unless he marries a princess, so plans to rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded tower.  Ever much the coward, Farquaad persuades Shrek to do his dirty work, in exchange for his beloved stinky swamp.

And so the story progresses, with a temperamental princess, a love-sick dragon, a biscuit with attitude, boiling lakes of lava and lots of singing and dancing. If you want to know the end of the story, you’ll just have to go see the show and learn how it teaches life lessons of friendship and love, and that life is tough sometimes and although we’re all different—being different is OK!

The book and lyrics of this Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie “Shrek” were written by David Lindsay-Abaire, with music by Jeanine Tesori, and was originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street productions.  Directing TLT’s show this summer is Chris Tinkler, with the help of musical director Lena Duncan.

So welcome to the land of Duloc!  Shrek The Musical runs July 10 – 13 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center (34 Melrose Avenue). Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for those under 18. Box office opens July 30 at the TLT Workshop (516 S. Trade St. Tryon). Box office hours are Monday-Saturday 10am – 1pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7pm. Visit www.tltinfo.org or call 828-859-2466 for more information.

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Shrek the Musical – Building Duloc

Shrek pic1smallerWhile lines are learned, songs are sung and costumes are stitched, the building of the Kingdom of Duloc is taking shape at the Tryon Little Theater Workshop.  TLT and Tryon Youth Center’s summer youth production of Shrek The Musical will be staged at Tryon Fine Arts Center, opening July 10, and promises to be everything fantastical!

Here, Directors, Dads, Actors and Friends all pitch in to create the buildings, scenery and oozing mud pits that will house the odd collection of fairytale characters, princesses and ogres.  Hard at work are clockwise from left: George Alley, Dietrich Jackson, Chris Tinkler, Damon Stafford, Shelby Cash and Nathanial Watkins.

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