UPDATE 10 p.m. Wednesday: I was the third of the four spellers to be kicked off! I even did a little dancing in front of 1,500 people, and the roof of the Saroyan didn’t cave in.
Here’s the word I missed, Heather: “abulia.” It’s a psychiatric term. I spelled it “ebulia.”
It was a great show, by the way. Some of the best singing I’ve heard in a national tour coming through the Saroyan.
ORIGINAL ENTRY: Tonight’s the night: I take the stage as the celebrity speller in the national touring production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Saroyan Theatre. Here’s my goal: to not be the first of the four audience volunteers booted off stage. Then again, if I make it past that point, I’m going to have to dance, and that’s a scary thought in itself. (Not so much for me as the audience.)
The one thing I know is that there’s no chance I can win. Not even national spelling bee champs have made it into this intermissionless musical’s second half — it’s not written that way. (Weird bit of trivia: When Julie Andrews was the celebrity speller, she missed on “supercalifragilisticexpealadoucious.”) It kind of takes the pressure off when I know I’m destined to lose!