The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Creative Cube, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, September 2010
Director: Darren Yap
Set Designer: Aaron Yap
Lighting Designer: Petrina Dawn Tan
Produced by BA(Hons) Musical Theatre Programme, LASALLE College of the Arts

A small-scale musical about young teenagers participating in a Spelling Bee contest, but to be staged in a black box theatre. To better fit into the colourful character of the musical, the entire black box theatre is transformed to look like an indoor school gym, using all existing architectural features and additional furnishing like basketball hoop, and basketball court marking.

To transport the audience from the reality of the game to the inner world of the participants during their musical numbers, different imageries that correspond to their state of mind were projected onto one side of the theatre walls. This gives a suggestion of a distinctively surreal world, completely different from the actual “world” as when the competition is taking place.