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t.25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 45 general entries. We are selecting 30 for display.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
t.25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
William . William Barfee won after correctly spelling "weltanshauung". He and Olive stayed friends, though.
3-4. They are given words, and take part in the bee. (Note: If you saw the show and it was different, please let me know. I've heard only 3 or 4.)
Marcy Parks. Marcy deliberately blows the word "camouflage", showing her parents that she's not always perfect. Her book was entitled "Not Living Up to Expectations".
Marigold. Leaf placed third in his district's bee. The boy who came in first had a bar mitzvah, and the second place winner had to attend the bar mitzvah. He has many brothers and sister, all of whom are named after something in nature.
Douglas Panch. Mr. Panch is substituting for the superintendent at this year's bee. He supposely has some problems that keep him from staying at his school, where he was the Vice Principal.
William Barfee . William's name is pronounced wrong by almost everyone. ("It's Bar-FAY!") He missed the bee last year because of health problems, but returned this year and won! Unfortunately, he didn't do too well in the national bee.
Mitch Mahoney. Mitch is there fulfilling his community service requirement on probation.
Chip Tolentino. Chip won last year. Unfortunately, this year an "Unfortunate Erection" distracted him. It came after he realized that he was in love with Leaf's sister, Marigold.
Olive Ostrovsky. Olive's mother is in India on a nine-month religious pilgrimage, and her father misses most of the bee because he's at work. She makes friends with William Barfee, and comes in second place, behind him.
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre. Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre is the full name of the character, abbreviated "Schwarzy" in the Libretto.
The Second Goodbye. "The Second Goodbye" features a brief scene where the spellers sing phrases such as "you were good but not good enough" before the full ensemble of "goodbyes" kicks in.
Three. Rona sings of three favorite moments in "My Favorite Moment of the Bee/2/3," respectively. These moments include the moment before anyone is eliminated, when the champion meets his downfall, and only two spellers remain.
The Circle in the Square Theatre. "Spelling Bee" opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre. (Sounds like an odd geometric shape!)
William Finn. William Finn wrote the music and lyrics for the show, and was also nominated for the 2005 Drama Desk Award in both categories.
Dan Fogler. Dan Fogler won a Tony award for his performance as William Barfee.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who also performed in the revival of "On the Town", plays the insecure Leaf Coneybear.
William Barfee. William Barfee is the unquestionable spelling master when he wins the Spelling Bee!
Odious and Fecund. Barfee considers throwing the Bee, calling his fears both "odious and fecund."
One of Schwarzy's fathers. When Schwarzy becomes distraught, her two fathers rush on stage to comfort her...but really to launch sabotage. A sticky substance nearly ruins Barfee, but he finds he can spell just fine without the foot.
Jesus Christ. In an odd occurrence, Marcy is visited by Jesus and is thus able to break her perfect lifestyle.
I Speak Six Languages. In "I Speak Six Languages" it is shown that Marcy is truly one remarkable girl. Not only is she an excellent speller, she speaks six languages, is a champion Rugby and Hockey player, is an accomplished musician, and is the lightest of the girls in her class!
Yeoman. Leaf all too reasonably left out the silent "e" in yeoman, and was eliminated.
Dan and Carl. Schwarzy's two fathers, Dan and Carl, constantly pressure her to do well and thus cause her a great deal of stress.
Marigold Coneybear. In "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)" Chip blames his loss on Leaf's sibling, Marigold.
Six. "We love words, we love words, we love words, we love words, we love words, we love words, we love spelling!"
His Foot. In "Magic Foot", the formidable William Barfee demonstrates his technique: he spells the word out on the ground with his foot before speaking it aloud. As he says, "it's an alphabetter way to spell."
Leaf Coneybear. The insecure Leaf Coneybear sings "I'm Not That Smart", a great indication of his own inferiority complex and a large collection of nonsense words.
Pandemonium. "Life is random and unfair, life is pandemonium!"
In the fourth row on the aisle. In "My Friend, the Dictionary", Olive pauses her spelling to ask a woman not to sit in the fourth row on the aisle, the chair she saved for her father.
Mitch Mahoney. Mitch Mahoney, the Comfort Counselor, is there to escort eliminated Spellers off the stage, and, as the name implies, comfort them.
Chip Tolentino. The pompous Chip Tolentino is the reigning champion, back to defend his title.