How do you spell victory? This time around it's F-R-O-N-T-I-E-R as the high school performs its version of the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week.

The tale of six quirky children competing in a spelling bee, which is run by three also odd grown-ups, is a popular show, having been performed in town by a number of local community theaters and high schools.

Speaking of community theaters, Frontier's production has the distinction of featuring the talent of young performers who have been seen on stages around town. Those actors include Chayce Perlis, a Gaslight Melodrama veteran, who plays student Leaf Coneybear; Lexie Watkins, who has performed at The Empty Space, as speller Logianne Schwartzandgrubenniere; and Courtney Kaia, who's done shows for Stars Theatre Restaurant, as fellow student Marcy Park.

The other competitors are played by Aidan Meyer (as Chip Tolentino), Sam Miller (William Barfee) and Shelby Perlis (Olive Ostrovsky). Julia Gaworski plays former spelling champ and current moderator Rona Lisa Perretti and Christopher Martinez is Vice Principal Douglas Panch. Baeleigh Bevan plays "official comfort counselor" Michelle “Mitch” Mahoney and Wyatt Hatfield pitches in as a utility player for numerous smaller roles.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" runs at 7 p.m. today through Saturday at Frontier High Performing Arts Center, 6401 Allen Road. Admission is $10.

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