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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:30pm



The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Meadows School of the Arts will present two performances of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on June 1 and 2 at 2:30 pm in the Margo Jones Theatre on the SMU campus. The cast consists of music and theatre students who are taking the American Musical Theatre course during SMU’s May Term.

The American Musical Theatre course in May Term represents the first time that a music class offered at SMU will result in the production of a musical on campus. The students, even undergraduates, are having great success being cast in musicals in companies in the Dallas area and across the country. The course cultivates the skills necessary for its students to be considered and cast in musicals. It stresses dancing and acting skills as well as training in various singing techniques, including belting, for the musical stage. Veteran stage director Sara Romersberger, movement specialist and Associate Professor of Theatre, directs the show, and it is produced and taught by Virginia Dupuy, Professor of Voice at SMU. “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to produce a musical. We only have ten rehearsal days from the first singing rehearsal until an audience sees the show, so we stress smart preparation in an immersive rehearsal experience,” says Professor Dupuy. Assisting her in production is Lane Harder, Lecturer of Music Composition and Theory and Director of SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of Meadows, and the music director is Chris Widomski, Lecturer in music at The University of Texas at Dallas and masters student in conducting at SMU. “The class addresses needs that our students have in terms of finding artistic success as well as employment as working musicians upon graduation,” adds Harder. “Our students work very hard and bring such a focus to their work; it’s so gratifying to see their very rapid progress.”

The show is free and open to the public. It is presented without an intermission and lasts about 90 minutes.


Lane Harder