(Stupefy,) S-T-U-P-E-F-Y, v. To Amaze:
The Spelling Bee is Coming to Dunellen

By: Rachel Theodora Appleton


            Be prepared to be stupefied this August with Dunellen Skylight Theater’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee under the direction of Jason F. Cilento. The show will run August 15th-17th, 22nd-24th at Washington Park.  Reasonable ticket prices at $8 for children and senior citizens, and $10 for adults; veteran admission is free with valid ID.

            Be sure to preorder your tickets at www.dunellenskylight.ticketleap.com/spellingbee/.   This season, Dunellen Skylight is working with Roscoe’s Wrap it Up for a dinner deal in the park before each show starts. Find out more information on this offer at www.dunellenskylighttheatre.com.

            I’m not going to embellish anything about this show, I’m here to honestly tell you that this show is a must see. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee stands out from the rest because of its comedic style and it’s incorporation of improvisation. You’re not just an audience member during this performance; you are a part of the production!

            The plot of Spelling Bee isn’t something that you have to dig deep to figure out, it is relatively simple, yet quite substantial.  There are six over excited and over confident spellers who have a compassion for spelling and competing. The characters have colossal personalities, and we get to admire their unique quirks as they continue through the competition.  

            Throughout the Spelling Bee, we peer into the bold soul of every character in the show. We learn that no one can win all the time and sometimes we’re better off not winning in order to learn a valuable lesson. As the show progresses, spellers misspell and the stakes keep rising, until it is down to two. Who do you think will win? A unique and enjoyable experience you will have attending The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  

About the writer: Rachel Theodora Appleton

            Ms. Appleton has been a volunteer writer for the Dunellen Report and About Our Town’s Community News for about 2 years. She attends Rutgers University and plans to graduate with a BA in Psychology. Ms. Appleton fulfills her passion for theater and writing through performance and through volunteer writing. Ms. Appleton learned how to review film and theater during her schooling.