The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - May 16 - May 19, 2019

Woodlake Unified High School

 End Notes 

Notes from the Director:

This musical has been a journey. I discovered this musical when I was a Senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA. In an instant, I fell in love with the characters, the music, and the idea that someone could write a musical that connected so well to what students go through. It was a dream of mine to be in some version of this, and that dream came true when I chose to direct this show for WHS.


These students have put together an amazing show, and we are all excited to present it to you. The whole process has been filled with laughs, tears, cries of joy and cries of frustration. Having only two months to put together a show that certainly deserves more time, is a difficult process, but these students have been absolutely amazing. This show is going to be fantastic and we hope you enjoy it.


A few last minute thank yous:

  • Richard McCue: Thank you for stepping up last minute to be our wonderful Principal, I mean, Vice Principal Panch. You have brought such amazing energy to this show and have really helped bring out the best in these students.
  • Lori & Bruce Bertolucci: Thank you, Mom and Dad, for being supportive of all the crazy things I have done in my life. For encouraging me to always go for what I want and to strive for more than the bottom line. You taught me to push forward, be kind, and always do things for others. You are the reason I am the person and teacher that I am.
  • Jaime Neal: For encouraging us to add a food drive to our musical, because you remind us that giving back is just as important as having a good time. We can all make a difference. Also, thank you for being the most amazing Mother-in-Law ever!!
  • My amazing wife, Sami Neal, you have been the one person to keep me going. You have been there during my ups and downs. I can't imagine my life without your support and love. Thank you for everything.

To my Seniors:

  • Isabella Torres- You are crazy! And if you change that I will be very upset. Your energy and love of life make you an amazing person. Keep being you and work hard to be who you want to be and to do what you want to do.
  • Sean Kerwin- You are an amazing musician and are so connected to all you do. Don't let the world overwhelm you and keep being the fantastic person you are.
  • Anabel Cortez- Throughout the year I have enjoyed your sense of humor and your love of BST. You always look on the bright side of things and you are willing to do the strange things I ask. Thank you.
  • Sandra Murrietta- You always have a fun story or a silly video to show me, and I will miss those moments. Your love of animals, music, and all that craziness shows how much you love life. Don't ever give up that joy and keep being fantastic and wonderful to the world around you, you will change the world.
  • Liseth Cano- Throughout this year you have grown to express yourself more in my class and have connected into all the crazy things I have asked of you. Keep going with the flow and enjoying all those crazy moments.
  • Lupita Jimenez- Howdy! You have been my go-to for all the crazy errands and requests, and you have never questioned it. You have been willing and eager to learn and step-up in this show and in class. Thank you for being my all-around go-to crazy stage manager!!!

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