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'Life is Pandemonium' on the M-A stage

 

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By Lyn Napel

Parent volunteer, M-A Drama Boosters

Navigating the world of pre-adolescence is tough enough, but when you factor in all the stresses of competing in the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Life IS Pandemonium!*

M-A High School presents this Tony-award winning Broadway musical comedy, which opened Friday night, March 18, with live accompaniment by students from M-A's orchestra.

Remaining performances are on March 19, 24, 25 and 26. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee March 19, at the M-A High performing arts center. Use the Ravenswood Avenue entrance just off Middlefield Road in Atherton.

In the play, six young spellers convene in the local high school gym for the annual county spelling bee, only to find that parental pressures and pre-pubescent stress send them into overdrive as they compete for the championship title.

Come see your favorite M-A teachers and staff on the hot seat as they attempt to spell alongside the student actors!

The music and Busby Berkeley-like dance numbers will have you moving in your seat. You can't help but cheer for this adorable cast of misfits, clumsily trying to make sense of all the chaos that surrounds them.

Admission is $12 for adults, and $8 for students, staff and seniors.

Purchase tickets at the box office before shows or online by: clicking here.

* "Life is Pandemonium" is from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

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Posted by Lyn Napel
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

You might be interested in an unofficial review posted on the hyper-local blog, InMenlo, after the gentleman attended Saturday night's performance of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Linda Hubbard of InMenlo wrote the original story on 3/15/11 before the musical opened.

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