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2019-2020 Performances



The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. With audience participation and charming songs galore.

11/7 - 11/9


The Gifted Program  

by Ruben Carbajal


Suburban Wisconsin,1986: At the bottom of Washington High School's social food chain are four D&D nerds – maladapted refugees from a defunct program for gifted & talented students, who’ve been thrown into the harsh arena of a sketchy public high school. When one of them is outed on a call-in radio show as the secret admirer of a popular cheerleader, the school's rigid hierarchy explodes – and for Washington High's four most unpopular students, the pursuit of an education becomes a fight for survival. 




VHSL Audition dates:

Dec. 11-13 

Show dates:

-VHSL Round One: Sat, Jan. 25 

-VHSL Regional: Feb 13 

-IB Theatre Festival: Sat, Feb 8th


Featuring Marshall’s entry in the annual Virginia High School League One-Act competition (to be determined) and the IB Theatre students devised original one-act plays. Come see and support new works in wintertime.





Audition dates: December 11-17


Prep comedic monologue + song from show, selections to be posted later

Rehearsals: mid-Feb thru April

Show dates: (4 shows total)


Based on the cult classic movie musical of the same title, Xanadu follows the journey of a magical, beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds with gods, monsters and 80s L.A.!