by Borderstan.com June 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm 1,626 0

"25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", Borderstan, Keegan Theatre at Church Street

Audience participation and the theater’s small size make for a fun experience. (Photo courtesy Keegan Theatre)

From Jana Petersen

Theater in D.C. — what does it mean to you? An outing to the Kennedy Center or Shakespeare Theater, perhaps? Or maybe, tickets that often require months of advanced planning and a shock to your Mint.com account.

Looking for something different? Try the Keegan Theater: formerly a girls gymnasium, the Keegan is located on Church Street NW between 17th and 18th streets, nestled among private residences and a quaint church.

The theater space itself seats a little more than 100 guests — small in comparison to venues such as the Kennedy Center, but the perfect size to host musicals such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Aside from the impressive acting of those officially cast, what made the musical so great was the way the space facilitated informal audience participation and engagement.



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