Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi Masterpiece on Stage
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Engaging production, of which the highlight was the technology used to enhance the story. The acting was solid, with Faber the best. Except for the ending, and the people named for books, not much suspense as it is clear that the hero is going to rebel.
By Ray Bradbury, based on his novel
Directed by Sharon Ott
Bradbury’s masterpiece about a future without books comes chillingly to life in an adaptation by the legendary author himself.
Firemen in this futuristic world burn books and hunt down anyone who risks reading them. Free-thought and intellectualism are discouraged, questioning authority is dangerous, and the masses are spoon-fed a diet of interactive reality shows on their huge TVs. Montag, a fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, befriends a young woman who dares to read. Suddenly a hunted fugitive, he must choose between safety and intellectual freedom.
Bradbury’s message still resonates today in this production utilizing cutting-edge special effects and projections.
Montag: David Bonham
Beatty: Jefferson A. Russell
Faber: John Lescault
Holden: Mark Hairston
Mildred: Liz Mamana
Clarisse: Aurora Heimbach
Mrs. Hudson: Jean Harrison
Helen: Katie Atkinson
Alice: Rachel Holt