Waxahachie High School’s Theater Department wraps up its 2011 season this weekend with the Broadway Hit, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the community is invited.

This musical comedy opens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, and also runs Saturday, May 14, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the WHS Fine Arts Center.

The plot for this Tony Award winning show focuses on six unpredictable adolescents competing in a spelling bee run by three very eccentric grownups. As the competition shapes up in small town America, each speller is introduced, sharing an insight into his or her background through song and captivating flashbacks. You’ll also be entertained by the “Official Pronouncer,” who provides ridiculous usage-in-a-sentence examples when asked to use the spelling words in a sentence.

“This show is different from the family-based and pop shows we’ve done in the past,” said Andy Reynolds, WHS Theater Department director. “This light hearted comedy not only has depth, but it will make you laugh one moment and cry the next.”

Another amusing aspect of this production is presented after Rona, the Contest Moderator, welcomes the audience to the bee and calls on selected audience members to help the other Putnam cast members tackle their spelling challenges.

“Yes, we secretly choose audience volunteers or we like to call them victims to be a part of this experience,” Reynolds said. “If you’re put in the show, it will be a fun or funny experience and don’t worry, you don’t have to be a good speller, just a good sport.”

Admission will be $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. The performance is one act, running around 90 minutes. The show is recommended for audiences ages 10 and up.