By Mr. David Grunner '05
In the early weeks of 2020—what now feels like a lifetime ago—The Regis Repertory gathered together to begin working on and rehearsing its spring musical, a production of the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical tells the story of an annual spelling bee set in a Putnam Valley Middle School and a cast of quirky kids vying for a spelling bee title under the direction of a likewise idiosyncratic collection of adults.
Our production, we were all confident, promised to be a crowd pleasing delight. As with many other school related activities, the current global pandemic threw a proverbial wrench into our plans and we were forced, with heavy hearts, to suspend and ultimately cancel our production. In the weeks that followed, the talented cast—by now experts in the world of Zoom—gathered together to perform and record a song from Spelling Bee with the intention of sharing this performance with the Regis community at large. While never a substitute for the magic of live theatre, we think this collaborative effort is a testament to the talent, tenacity, and unwavering passion of the young men and women who comprise The Regis Repertory.
A special thanks is owed to Ms. Lauren D’Ottavio who undertook the lion’s share of the necessary technical work to bring this slice of Spelling Bee to you.