‘Patch of Blue Theatre’ returns with this joyous production following the ups and downs of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. As the well-drawn, wide-eyed contestants are lovingly brought to life by the cast, we become the audience at the Bee and are immersed in their crazy, competitive world. Dry interludes from Patrick Birch’s Vice Principal keep the hectic dance pieces and enthusiastic characters on the right side of over-the-top. In a cast of scene-stealers, the trophy for adorability goes to versatile Ross Cobbold as giggly Leaf Coneybear, with prizes to Tom Mackley’s William and Janette McManus’s Logainne for services to lisping. Quirky and energetic, I had as much fun as the cast obviously did.
C, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 6.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Macartney]