By George Spelvin

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Masquers opened THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE this past weekend.  In two words, this production is “way cute.”  The story revolves around six adolescent contestants who are finalist who are seen spelling words as well as revealing their adolescent angst.  The adolescent issues are varied from the student who is in the gay/straight alliance trying to spell well to please her two dads, to the young man who experiences during the competition every pubescent boy’s worst nightmare and embarrassment.  “Spelling Bee” is thoroughly a comedy and the auditorium was filled with laughter throughout the evening.


The contestants are stereotypically drawn and not likely to be in the yearbook as the “most likely to . . .” other than be a good speller.  The other characters are treated in a similar manner-- every small town has a few of these and the audience will recognize them immediately.  It all works because everyone is created in a good naturedly manner and the actors are up to the challenge of not letting their characters cross over that line.

Director Troy Snyder and Musical Director R. J. Nestor have prepared the cast well.  The action takes place on a handsome public school gymnasium setting created by student Jenn Scholtz and the story action is kept clear between current “bee” activity and contestant inner thoughts or flashbacks by attractive lighting by Todd O. Wren.  Characters are aptly costumed by Sasha Bohon to fit their stereotype.  In all, the production runs smoothly much to the credit of the students responsible.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAME COUNTY SPELLING BEE is not to be missed.  The production continue this week, Wednesday through Saturday, the 26th through the 29th all at 7:30 PM.  Reserved Seat tickets are $13.00 each and Fairmont State and Pierpont students get one free ticket with their ID.  Reservations may be made by calling the box office at (304) 367-4240 or in person at the box office, M-F 12:00 to 3:30 or approximately one hour prior to a performance.



FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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