The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee promises rollicking fun at the Langham Court Theatre through Feb. 2. Courtesy Langham Court Theatre

REVIEW: Get your blood pumping with Spelling Bee

High-octane Langham Court play sure to break the winter doldrums, writes Sheila Martindale

By Sheila Martindale

Monday Magazine reviewer

While I have never been particularly enthused about a bunch of adults dressed as children and behaving like idiots, I must admit that The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is done very well by Langham Court Theatre.

Particularly outstanding is Kyle Kushnir, in a ridiculous outfit, and his insistence on his name being correctly pronounced. A huge amount of energy is contributed by this talented clown. The whole show, of course, is very high energy, with all the characters putting out an enormous amount of oomph.

The gold star for being the most interesting character in the most bizarre, but strangely attractive costume goes to Jen Wilde. You have to see the show to find out why!

On opening night, four guest characters of local significance were called up from the audience (after having been planted there, of course) to add to the fun. I imagine, (but don’t know) that these might be different each night, but Jack Knox and Keith Digby certainly added more humour to the production.

Singing, of course, is a hugely important component of this play and that is brilliantly executed by the rather large cast. How people can sing at the same time as twirling about the stage is something that I have always admired. Having said that, the volume of the music and the voices is slightly deafening at times – a tad too loud for the size of the auditorium and my liking.

Kind of unsettling is the fact many of the characters play more than one part, which leaves the audience in a bit of a muddle as to who is who, and I for one, found this a trifle distracting. But no matter, this production is a perfect way to chase away the winter blues if you need jerking out of the doldrums!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs at the Langham Court Theatre now through Feb. 2. Call 250-384-2142 to reserve tickets, send an email to boxoffice@langhamtheatre.ca or stop by the box office. For other information, visit langhamtheatre.ca.

Just Posted

Victoria’s Oktoberfest brings out the Bavarian in all of us

Stein and Dine at Victoria Public Market celebrates German food, beverages, culture on Oct. 19

Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot

Restaurante la Tortilla Mexicana’s hearty, spicy sauce works well over enchiladas, writes Allan Reid

REVIEW: Mullins’ Weaksauce hits the mark, like a good hockey pass

UVic Fine Arts alumni and frequent CBC writer’s biographical storytelling show here through Oct. 19

Two local authors walk away with Victoria Book Prize

Kathy Page and Aidan Cassie each walked away with a literary award

Inspirational evening celebrating the power of the arts

The Victoria Guitar Society hosts Syrian Encounter – An Evening with Orontes Quartet, Oct. 18

Fashion Fridays: How to pose in photos

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra launches new season

First up: Celebrating the Concerto on Oct. 27

Trudeau to appear on Jessi Cruickshank’s Facebook Watch show ‘New Mom, Who Dis?’

Federal Liberal leader to do sit-down interview with Canadian media personality on Wednesday

‘Joker’ laughs its way to October box office record

Warner Bros. said “Joker” grossed an estimated $93.5 million in ticket sales from 4,374 screens in North America

Ginger Baker, Cream’s volatile drummer, dies at 80

Baker wielded blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music in the 1960s

‘Interesting mixture of emotions’: Scott Moir reflects on final tour with Tessa Virtue

Multiple Olympic ice dance gold medallists skating through B.C. during the Rock the Rink tour

It’s onward and upward for Victoria gelato artisan

After winning Gelato Festival gold, Stefano Mosi will compete at North American finals in 2020

Most Read