Theater pushes on with fall play ‘Bone Chiller’

While students flocked to the buses and raced to their cars, hopeful actors rushed to the auditorium for a “bone chilling” audition. Just two days after the closing of fall musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the theater department held auditions to prepare for their upcoming show, “Bone Chiller.” 

Hagerty Purebred Production’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical premiered Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. to an enraptured crowd. Under the direction of theater teacher Jamaal Solomon, the cast and crew closed without a problem. 

“It went really really well. The audience was really receptive, and the cast was on their toes,” Solomon said. 

Following six spelling bee candidates, the show relied heavily on audience participation and cast improv, with audience members volunteering to be “spellers” in the show. The actual cast, however, was relatively small and mostly consisted of seniors like Andy Ayup.

“It’s new, different, and fun, and it’s something you can interact in, and something you can participate in,” Ayup said.  

Once the curtains closed, however, Purebred Productions were not ready for a break. Just two days later, they held auditions for the fall musical “Bone Chiller,” a mystery following thirteen people trying to solve the will of wealthy Josiah Travers. 

“I got really nervous and blanked out a bit, but that’s part of the gig,” said junior Mackenzie Allis. 

Allis, one of the actresses called back after her audition, kept her options open by auditioning for as many characters as she could. When reading her dialouge, she tries to work on the transition between her lines. 

“I’m interested in so many of the parts because it’s such a dynamic and interesting group of characters,” Allis said. “If I get cast, I hope to work on my flow.”

Allis was ultimately cast as Flame Fondue, one of the main characters in the investigation. 

“I’m extremely grateful that I’m being given a chance with this super fun character,” Allis said. “I mainly just have an overwhelming sense of gratitude rushing over me.” 

The show will premiere in the auditorium on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at lunch and at the door. 

While students flocked to the buses and raced to their cars, hopeful actors rushed to the auditorium for a “bone chilling” audition. Just two days after the closing of fall musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the theater department held auditions to prepare for their upcoming show, “Bone Chiller.” 

Hagerty Purebred Production’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical premiered Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. to an enraptured crowd. Under the direction of theater teacher Jamaal Solomon, the cast and crew closed without a problem. 

“It went really really well. The audience was really receptive, and the cast was on their toes,” Solomon said. 

Following six spelling bee candidates, the show relied heavily on audience participation and cast improv, with audience members volunteering to be “spellers” in the show. The actual cast, however, was relatively small and mostly consisted of seniors like Andy Ayup.

“It’s new, different, and fun, and it’s something you can interact in, and something you can participate in,” Ayup said.  

Once the curtains closed, however, Purebred Productions were not ready for a break. Just two days later, they held auditions for the fall musical “Bone Chiller,” a mystery following thirteen people trying to solve the will of wealthy Josiah Travers. 

“I got really nervous and blanked out a bit, but that’s part of the gig,” said junior Mackenzie Allis. 

Allis, one of the actresses called back after her audition, kept her options open by auditioning for as many characters as she could. When reading her dialouge, she tries to work on the transition between her lines. 

“I’m interested in so many of the parts because it’s such a dynamic and interesting group of characters,” Allis said. “If I get cast, I hope to work on my flow.”

Allis was ultimately cast as Flame Fondue, one of the main characters in the investigation. 

“I’m extremely grateful that I’m being given a chance with this super fun character,” Allis said. “I mainly just have an overwhelming sense of gratitude rushing over me.” 

The show will premiere in the auditorium on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at lunch and at the door. 

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