No More Dead Dogs: World Premiere of Dark High School Comedy at Griffin Theatre
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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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This play provided a very refreshing, fun, light evening. It's a great family play and should appeal to junior high and older. What fun to see a teacher capitulate and enjoy it in spite of himself. There was plenty of action and a rather ambivalent moral. The set design was simple, but clever and the acting was believable.
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A comedy about the horrors of school literature, No More Dead Dogs' title comically points to the fact that many books for young adults often have the dog die (such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, including the book that causes the main source of all the character's problems, Old Shep, My Pal.
The story unfolds through the eyes of Wallace Wallace (his first name is the same as his last) a teen who never lies, ever, because he is determined to be different from his lying, long-gone dad. But when Wallace gives a scathing review of his teacher’s favorite book, he winds up in detention—because sometimes telling the truth can get you into more trouble than lying.
Wallace Wallace asks the one question that all of us have been wanting to ask: Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end? This hilarious comedy comes complete with an onstage rock and roll band with original music written for the production by sound designer Rick Sims.
About the Ticket Supplier: Griffin Theatre Company
The mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its
audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit,
style and compassion for the audience.