Not only did I have a complete B-L-A-S-T directing & choreographing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with The Players Centre in Sarasota, FL, but the audiences and critics are L-O-V-I-N-G it too!
"It’s a beautiful ode to the oddball in all of us."
- Marty Fugate, The Observer
"Danae DeShazer directs and choreographs with a sure hand. Some years ago, Ms. DeShazer was frequently cast in important roles [in the area] and I thought her a fine talent. Her recent absence was due to leaving the area and making McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, Illinois, her home base. She has honed her talents and is now a fine director bringing out the best in all of her cast... This production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee reminds me that much of the best musical theater is taking place at our community theaters." - William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway
"It's a charming musical, staged with energy, joy and a touch of empathy..."
"It’s a charming musical, staged with energy, joy and a touch of empathy by director and choreographer Danae DeShazer at the Players Centre for the Performing Arts. There are some clever updates to the script that allow for local references to, for example, the recent #MeToo graffiti on the Unconditional Surrender statue and problems with parking meters. DeShazer has assembled an adorable cast of performers who capture the essence of those middle school years from different perspectives." - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.