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Rona Maynard goes to Broadway

Spellingbee3Yes, you read that right. I have performed on Broadway. At Circle in the Square, no less. I went to see a tuneful crowd-pleaser of a musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and ended up onstage as an audience volunteer, grappling with a humdinger of a word that I’ll leave to your imaginings for now. I tell the story in the January issue of Reader’s Digest, which also features an outrageous shot of me clowning as I’ve never done in real life (not when sober, anyway). If you have ever fancied yourself the best speller in the class, or pictured your arms around a spelling trophy, or harboured a grudging passion for words you’ve never encountered, I predict you’ll enjoy this piece. One catch: it only appears in the Canadian edition, and I can’t post it here because of copyright restrictions.

By delightful coincidence, my story arrives in the magazine just as the Tony Award-winning show heads for Toronto’s Elgin Theatre January 29-February 10. If you hope to be selected as an audience volunteer (four get chosen for each performance), here’s my unofficial advice. Arrive early, so you can stand around looking intellectual (glasses, arty jewelry, maybe a book in hand). Wait to be singled out for questioning. Expect to be asked about an interest in crossword puzzles (writing will do if you’re not the puzzle type) and your fearlessness on anything resembling a stage. Good luck to you. Or, as they say in show biz, break a leg.


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