DA comedy on stage Friday, Saturday

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

Want to experience something h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s? Then come to Durham Academy's production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is the tale of overachievers’ angst. The musical chronicles six young people in the throes of puberty as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  They are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves and are joined on stage by a different group of guest spellers each show.  The quirky outsiders, for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Performances will be held at Kenan Auditorium, 3601 Ridge Road, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations can be made at www.da.org/reservations. The show is rated PG-13 because of adult language and situations. 

The cast and crew features 31 students, including Alex Flores-Burgess, who was a finalist for best actor in the 2013 Triangle Rising Star Awards for his role in Durham Academy’s production of “Oklahoma!” A seven-member pit band provides music for the show.