The story is punctuated along the way with various solo or ensemble numbers, together with some well-executed choreography directed by Alicia Rice. Probably the crowning number is the duet by Olive's parents, the "I Love You" song, strongly delivered by Ernest Bell and Samantha Sostarich, who temporarily stepped into alternate roles, though the words of their ardent song only underlined the loneliness of their child, Olive, poignantly played by Ava Bush.  

AT A GLANCE"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" The musical runs through Saturday at the Next Act Theatre at 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee. Call 414-278-0765.

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