The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now playing at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, is not the one you remember as a kid. In fact, the very funny and often times outrageous musical comedy takes the concept of the spelling bee and turns it on its head.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now playing at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, is not the one you remember as a kid. In fact, the very funny and often times outrageous musical comedy takes the concept of the spelling bee and turns it on its head.

A Broadway Tony Award winner written by William Finn, the show is a clever, quirky story that will have you laughing from beginning to end. Just when you think it can’t come up with another crazy twist, it presents something you couldn’t imagine in a million years.

Without being a spoiler, know that each of the contestants has their own goofy and sometimes touching story. The method each of them uses to figure out how to spell the words is a central and funny part of the show.

The cast is high energy and talented, with each of the characters well defined as kids with their accompanying fears, dreams and oddities.

The music and dance numbers are highly original pieces, offering entertainment, laughs and a look at a  multi-talented cast.

The show features different audience members each night participating as contestants. In a hilarious cameo, College of the Siskiyous president Randy Lawrence took a good sport turn on opening night as a contestant barely spelling c-o-w as his word.

The kids are played by Cory Coppin, Katrina Stringari, Kale Coppin, Bill Counts, Ann Trevino and LeAnne Gosmeyer. Each admirably brings their individual and very different character to life. All get high marks for some difficult and complex roles.

Additional cast members include Kim Nile, Seth Fortuna-Hanson, Aaron Clemens, Talyn Imhoff, Paul Johnson and James Witherell. The production was directed by Neil Carpentier-Alting.

Highly original, funny and outrageous, this is a not to be missed COS?production.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues at the COS  Kenneth Ford Theater in Weed April 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for general admission. For more information or tickets call the COS Public Relations Office at 530-938-5373.