On a cold, wet and windy Friday night, our family made our way to the Hackett Hall in Floreat to watch the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Yep, a mouthful of a title, it’s a musical that is currently being put on by the local amateur theatre group, Playlovers.
I love the small venue. It’s cosy and homey, and the venue was decorated and setup just like a school gym, where the musical is set. I love the iPhone Old Booth photos that were used in the foyer! With the tiered seating, all seats have a good view of the stage.
The cast of locals were really engaging. The William Barfee character, played by Lauchlan Bain, was really well done – over the top, but not overacted. He definitely played his stereotype role extremely well and had both Wifey and me nearly crying with laughter with his footwork and slomo 🙂 It was great to see our Miss 8’s violin teacher, Jeanette Teh, play a major role too, as Marcy Park (with a role that was a little close to real life :)) and Perth lindyhopper, Vicki Kirkman, pulling off so many one liners as one of the “adults”.
I also loved the audience participation in the show. It was a packed crowd on Friday night, and a few “volunteers” from the audience got to be participants on stage – they actually did a really great job, with lots of cheers and support from friends in the audience. Must make it interesting for the cast each night!
Overall, the show was entertaining – the audience definitely laughing and enjoying the show. Well done to all involved! Definitely recommend going out to see this with some friends! Hurry, last show is on the 30th I think.
One small gripe – at times, the actors were a little soft (volume). Would’ve loved their mics to be turned up a little more. And I was confused as to why there were 2 musical directors alternately conducting. Was this confusing for the orchestra/band and cast?
More info here: http://www.playlovers.org.au/SpellingBee.htm
More reviews here: http://www.theatre.asn.au/theatre_reviews/spelling_bee_playlovers