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The spring production by the hard-working Salida High School Drama Team is nearly ready for opening night. The spring production of The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee ( a musical) is scheduled for a three-day run on March 4, 5, and 6.

With music and lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin, the show’s Director Devon Kasper says that the production is most appropriate for kids 12 and older.

The show, which was a 2005 Broadway production, centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School.

All the main characters are a bit quirky; including the six adolescents competing in the Bee, which is run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

Kasper is joined by Musical Director André Wilkins and assisted by Assistant Director Cat Schleicher

The Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5 shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday, March 6 matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available by going to and they are $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Starring in this year’s Salida High School Drama Team production are: Vander Ritchie, Jessie Rollins, Jasper Coen, Jay Lobeck, Alexis Gage, Stella Veazey, Clara Streeter, Wyatt Velharticky, Scarlett Campbell, Ben Smith, Rebecca Russell, Fisher Holloway O’Brien  Nika Peterson, Reece Daugherty, Ethan Sterle, Olive Ritchie, and Tatiana Zobersky.

The show Production Crew includes: Madison Ferraro, Allison Bradford, Danica Hinerman, Elle Kriebel, Natalie Madrid, Peyton Bowers, Trey Andres, Opal Juba, Athena Smith and Matthew Ecker.