McManis Faulkner proudly co-sponsored San Jose Repertory Theater’s production of the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. MF partner Sharon Kirsch, an officer and director of the Rep, welcomed about 60 attorneys, clients, and friends of the firm to the MF offices for a pre-show champagne reception.
This hilarious musical comedy celebrates the mania of competition as lovable and sardonically nerdy contestants compete for the Spelling Bee title. Six wacky misfits with steely ambition strive to define themselves apart from their crazy families as they confront the pitfalls of puberty.
A highlight of the evening was the debut appearance of Jim McManis as one of the spelling bee contestants. (Each evening, four members of the audience are chosen to join the cast. Nerds are usually favored.) After wowing the audience with his Thespian skill, Jim regrettably had to leave the stage when he was unable to spell his first word.