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Mahopac Theater Club Doubles the Fun

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Students in Mahopac High School Drama Company presented “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from April 28 through April 30. (Photo Credit: Manny Martinez, Mahopac High School)

The theater kids at Mahopac High School had a lot to juggle this year. In addition to their regular, demanding schoolwork, they had to manage a highly-condensed theater season that involved presenting two plays since Christmas break.  

“This year has felt like one long season,” said Drama Director Christopher Purr, an English teacher. “We did the fall play and immediately jumped right into the spring musical. There were lots of challenges, but the students rose to the occasion.” 

For three nights from April 28 to April 30, the Mahopac High School Drama Company dazzled the crowds with the spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The fall drama, “Clue,” had been presented in mid-January instead of November because of construction in the high school. As soon as that play wrapped, the drama club was back at it again, working on the spring musical.

“It is pretty much the same cast of students, so it was asking a lot,” Purr said. “The kids show so much commitment. Almost every student chose to stay on board for the spring musical.” 

To make matters more complicated, the “Spelling Bee” show was a big production that required a large stage and technical crew.  In addition to learning their lines, the dozens of student actors had to also learn the songs.

Chorus teacher Jacob Rhodebeck taught the vocal music to the cast and provided the piano accompaniment, while band teacher Richard Williams led the pit band. 

As she has for every play for years, English teacher Sonya Velez rallied the actors and served as Assistant Drama Director.

“We’re all pretty tired,” Purr said. “But we had a great time.”

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