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Chancey Bush
Gavin Arneson rehearses for the Clear Creek High School spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Students have worked on the production since January.
To bee or not to bee

Projecting energy and enthusiasm back to the stage, Clear Creek High musical director Lauren Mikkelson danced, sang and engaged in the same synchronized kicking as her cast, all while holding a giant cup of coffee.

“I drink so much caffeine,” Mikkelson joked.

Mikkelson certainly needs her energy.

The English teacher is directing and choreographing the school’s spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” while keeping track as some students drop in and out between after-school sports practices.