Broadway spell at Musical Theatre

Peter Hocking and Charlotte McKay check results at a Musical Theatre Dunedin rehearsal last night for anxious spelling bee contestants (rear, from left) Anna Thomson (19), Micah Davis-Rae (17), Esther Smith (20), Louise Monson (21), Edward O'Driscoll (16) and Ben Thomas (18). Photo by Linda Robertson.
Peter Hocking and Charlotte McKay check results at a Musical Theatre Dunedin rehearsal last night for anxious spelling bee contestants (rear, from left) Anna Thomson (19), Micah Davis-Rae (17), Esther Smith (20), Louise Monson (21), Edward O'Driscoll (16) and Ben Thomas (18). Photo by Linda Robertson.
Musical Theatre Dunedin is producing its first Broadway theatre restaurant next month, which it is hoped will give people an alternative to omphaloskepsis.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee looks at a high school spelling bee where the weirdness of the contestants is only exceeded by their teachers'.

''It's based on an hilarious American documentary called Spellbound on the spelling bees they have over there,'' director Dave Goosselink said.

''... It's one of the funniest scripts I've ever seen.''

The musical comedy, to be performed in the Musical Theatre Dunedin rooms from March 1 to 9, was the first original Broadway show to be staged by the society as a theatre restaurant, Mr Goosselink said.

''Our previous theatre restaurants have been a mix of song and dance cabaret, traditional music halls, or versions of TV shows, such as Dad's Army and 'Allo 'Allo.''

As for omphaloskepsis.

''It means 'the contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation','' he said.

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