ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield: How timely is ACT’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?” Eight young spellers stayed the course and all eight won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 31. The next day, on June 1, ACT of Connecticut, opened with the musical comedy based on just such a challenging spelling bee. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. What’s even better is that the production couldn’t be more perfect either.
While this show has played at both Equity and community theaters throughout the area, this new theater closes its first full season with a winning production that offers a difference in some characterizations, costuming, and set design. Viva la difference! the difference. For instance, the comfort counselor in several productions is a parolee doing community service and not one of the major characters. In the Ridgefield production, Ryan Williams as comforter Mitch Mahoney is a far more important character and could have stolen the show if the rest of the cast weren’t so good.