When I first read the article I thought I was reading about an actual spelling bee. I was wrong. It’s a musical. And apparently on Broadway.
The musical came to my attention via Google’s sleepless service. If it has “homeschool” in the article, Google pops it up. The review was from Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2 November 2006, ‘Spelling Bee’ tries hard to be bigger than it is
It’s a character-driven show. …
They’re recognizable childhood stereotypes as might be portrayed on TV – the perfection-driven Asian; the liberal, societally concerned daughter of a gay couple; the awkward home-schooler; an arrogant bully with a perpetual sinus condition; a timid, victim girl in pink overalls who is ignored by her parents; last year’s winner who appears in his Boy Scout uniform.
I understand about filling an audience’s expectation on character, and even casting-to-character, but “the awkward home-schooler” doesn’t match any of the homeschooled kids I met. In fact, after we got back to America and some local public school grads managed to meet the daughters, it was they who seemed awkward — at least around us “grups.”
I’m looking forward to seeing works by authors who have an actual factual familiarity with the people in homeschooling families.