The new Harriet Fulton Theatre officially debuted last night with a strong opening night for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
The theatre and music departments took on the Broadway musical together. Aside from a lighting hitch that delayed the start of the show about 15 minutes and some microphone mishaps, the show went off seamlessly.
Vanguard actor, Lymonte Thomas, didn't expect the characters in the show to be so amusing.
"Like a Parks and Rec character, they always play their highest personalities," Thomas said.
The show tells the story of six young people competing in their district's spelling bee. Though a comedy, Putnam highlights some of the darkness in kids' lives.
The show had belting that had the audience cheering and an orchestra that brought tears.
Putnam has another 8 p.m. showing on Friday and Saturday, along with a Sunday show at 3 p.m. Students can buy $10 tickets online, and adults can call the office of visual and theatre arts to reserve tickets.
The box office closes 10 minutes before each show.