The 25th Annual Sputnam County Spelling Bee is a comedy about adolescence, puberty, and the pressures for the children surviving them. The musical production has three remaining shows on March 25, 26 and 27 at the Billings Studio Theatre on Rimrock Road with performances beginning each night at 8 pm.
The scene and lighting designs for this production set the stage for a night of spelling and music and laughter, with an easy flow of performer traffic, as well as a rolling set of stadium seats displayed in one of the musical numbers. There is simply surprise after surprise in store made possible and believable by the scenery, lighting, and musical performances.
If you have ever been to a RMC theatre production, this show will certainly not disappoint you, and if you’ve never had the experience, you are in for a theatrical surprise. There are portions of the show with blatant references to puberty and sexuality, which earn the performance an R rating, as well as several similar innuendos spread throughout the length of the show, however, it is simply a story of a life changing experience for six adolescence and three adult facilitators with music, dancing, and emphatic pleas for understanding and sympathy thrown in.
Another unique aspect of this production is that there is a portion of audience participation involved. This is not to say that the audience as a whole will be asked to play in a part of the performance, but select individuals will be solicited to make a stage appearance which can be as involved as the audience member chooses.
Tickets for adults are $15 and student and senior admission is $12. All tickets can be purchased at the door, although reservations for seating can be made by calling (406)657-1111. Be sure to show up early for your seat and remember to shut off your cell phone because the curtain opens precisely at 8 pm.