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For the first time in over a year, Oak Park High School’s choir resumed their production of in-person plays. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performance took place in the Pavilion on Oct. 14, 15 and 16. It served as the major fall performance, with “Pippin” debuting in the spring semester.

Masks were still mandatory for both the audience and the play’s cast to wear indoors; specifically, clear masks were worn by the entire cast to be able to speak and sing better in addition to satisfying COVID-19 regulations. Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance President Ellyn Scheinder directed the performance, OPHS choir advisor Heidi Cissel conducted the music and OPHS band director Zachary Borquez was in charge of the tech behind the scenes.

“[‘Spelling Bee’] was a really amazing experience since it was the first time being all back together after so long. Memories from before COVID kept coming into my head and it was nice to reminisce,” senior and assistant director Tessa Anderson said.

Filled with songs, humor and reconnection, the ‘Spelling Bee’ performance brought smiles to many faces.

“We all had a great time throughout the process and are so happy to be back!” Dusek wrote.