Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Silver Lake school hosts “Screwball Spelling Bee”

Supporters of Micheltorena Elementary will host a Saturday night “Screwball Spelling Bee” as part of a campaign to raise $30,000 to support a new dual-language program, arts education, and school garden. How does a Screwball Spelling Bee work? Here are some details from the school website:

It is where adults form teams prior to the competition, raise as much money in pledges as they can, and then compete in a spelling bee tournament where the “judges” are improv comedy actors and the competitors are treated like 7th graders.

Jay Reiss and Rebecca Feldman, creators of the Tony award-winning play “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” will host the June 23 spelling bee fundraiser, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Assistance League Children’s Theatre. Reiss, who played the judge in the original Broadway cast, will serve as a judge.

Tickets, which include an appetizer plate and non-alcoholic beverage, to watch the spelling bee are $25 when purchased in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Click here to purchase tickets online and here for more information.

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  1. Thank you for getting the word out, Eastsider!

  2. Someone, whether authorized by the event’s organizers or just through a solo effort, has now plastered light and power poles in my neighborhood with cheap inkjet fliers illegally advertising this bee. Bonus: they’ve attached them with excessive amounts of packing tape wrapped around the poles. How much of the $25/$30 fee will go to their removal? $0 is spelled zero.

    • We put up exactly 7 of them around the neighborhood. I”d hardly call that “plastering”. We were also planning on taking them down after the event. $0 charge.

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