The Perry-Mansfield Academy


The Academy Spring Show is....


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, with a book written by Rachel Sheinkin conceived by Rebeca Feldman and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two. Four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six young characters. The official pronouncer, sometimes an improv comedian, provides ridiculous usage-in-a-sentence examples when asked to use words in a sentence.

Major Characters:

 Rona Lisa Peretti: The number one realtor in Putnam County and returning Moderator.

Vice Principal Douglas Panch: After five years’ absence from the Bee, Pance returns as judge.

Mitch Mahoney: The Official Comfort Counselor, an ex-convict performing his community service with the Bee.

Olive Ostrovsky: A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual.

William Morris Barfee (Bar.fay): Spelling Bell finalist last year, he was eliminated due to an allergic reaction to peanuts.

Logainne “Schartzy” Schartz and Grubenierre: Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, with two gay fathers, a neat freak, and speaks with a lisp.

Marcy Park: A recent transfer from Virginia. She speaks six languages, plays hockey, is a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, attending Catholic school.

Leaf Coneybear: A homeschooler and 2nd runner-up in his district. Leaf gets into the competition on a lark. Leaf comes from a large family of former hippies and makes his own choices.

Charlito ”Chip” Tolentino: a Boy Scout and champion of the 24th Spelling Bee. Chip expects things to come easily, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.

There are an additional seven smaller roles.

The Academy at Perry-Mansfield offers dance and theatre programs for youth through adults after school, evenings, and weekends. Programs are offered on the Perry-Mansfield campus and at the Hyadent Center. This program is for beginners through experienced dancers and actors.

Core dance programs include ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Core theatre programs include acting and musical theatre. For more information, click on the button below for our current offerings.

At the end of each semester, dance and theatre students will perform in a recital, showcase, or production.

This semester’s classes include.

Acting (Middle &High School)
This class for Middle and High School Students is to teach acting skills using the Meisner Technique; “Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” There are many benefits for students found in this program, which include building self-confidence, stimulating the imagination and making creative choices, problem-solving, having fun, using humor and loads of laughter while the students are working on their craft, and especially learning the meaning of commitment. Students will to learn how to do repetition exercises, create an independent activity, explore relaxation techniques, improve their speech and diction, prepare a monologue, and work on improvisations and scene work. (This class may be taken on Monday &Wednesday or as a single class on Monday or Wednesday!)

Musical Theater (Middle & High School)
The goal for this class is to focus on the songs and scenes from the Golden Age of Broadway, 1943-1964, beginning with Oklahoma and ending with Fiddler on the Roof. Some of these shows are written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, etc. We will work on a few of these shows, doing scenes into songs with blocking and movement. In addition, we will be doing vocal warmups and exercises, learning the music, and performing their scenes. There will be solos, duets, and group numbers. The students will learn audition skills and how to perform a song using their acting and musical skills. (This class may be taken on Monday& Wednesday or as a single class on Monday or Wednesday!)

Theatre Sundays (3rd-5th Grades)
This class will combine singing, acting, and musical theatre staging into a 90-minute class, which will promote confidence, discipline, vocal technique, improvisation, and performance. The skills learned will include building trust and empathy and resolving conflict through drama games, storytelling, and improvisation. (This Class is only offered on Sunday)

Adult Ballet
Intended for dancers of all abilities and levels for ongoing training in a slower-paced environment. This class progressively builds foundational technique that expands throughout the season. All levels welcome – newer dancers, dancers with some experience, and experienced dancers getting back into class. It is recommended that students have an understanding of basic ballet vocabulary.  Drop-ins are welcome with 10 10-class card or buy a single class.  (Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:15 am)

Hip Hop
This is a vibrant and intense form of dance that combines a variety of freestyle and traditional movement styles. This class is great for dancers with movement and choreography experience who want to branch out into more challenging movements.  Our classes begin with a community-building warm-up, followed by skill-building in large and small groups. Students learn and build on choreography and focus on increasing flexibility and strength, precision and creativity, and finding your style. (Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm)  

Modern 2
A class intended for dancers with a minimum of 2+ years of dance experience. Modern dance is a free, expressive form of dance. This class will dive into personal style development in correlation to the ever-advancing world of dance. Exploring the many diverse modern techniques dancers will obtain a working knowledge of modern dance today, enabling them to walk into any class and feel confident in their training.
(Offered twice a week, Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 pm (for a slightly slower class) and Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am)

Adult Tap
It is a really fun class designed for dancers who have little to no experience. We will teach/refresh vocabulary and help them advance their sense of rhythm and style! Dancers will begin by learning classic tap exercises focused on building stability of the knees and ankles, developing coordination and showmanship! Our class emphasizes developing a baseline of proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having a ton of fun! (Wednesdays 10:30 –11:30 am + Open Tap, Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:45 pm (for anyone with a little experience).

(All the above Dance classes can be taken as drop-in Classes as a single class or with a 10-class card.)

Dance Performance
Dance Performance will work in a multitude of styles, focusing mainly on hip hop, Jazz, contemporary modern, and improvisation with an emphasis on gaining stronger technique and learning performance skills at the same time. We will to work towards learning choreography with performance skills including focus, commitment, concentration, confidence, movement memory, systematic repetition, mental rehearsal, rehearsal discipline, response to feedback and capacity to improve. Ebany Rae will be the lead teacher for this class with input from guest artists throughout the semester.

Audition / Rehearsal / Show information for

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Thursday, February 29, 5 – 7:30 PM (Julie Harris)
  • Saturday, March 2, 3 – 5 pm (Julie Harris)
  • Sunday, March 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Steinberg Pavilion)

(will include callbacks).


Rehearsals: The rehearsal schedule will be worked out once we have a cast.


  • Thursday, May 9, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 10, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 11, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 12, 3:00 PM

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