Take Two Drama Club presents ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School’s Take Two Drama Club is presenting “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a hilariously edgy musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin from an original concept by Rebecca Feldman.

The show is presented with special permission from Music Theatre International.

The musical, which has delighted audiences for decades, focuses on the wacky and weird eccentricities and deep inner lives of several middle school spelling bee contestants. The themes and language are for mature audiences (ages 13 and over), but the humor is truly universal.

The Sussex Central productions are set for Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and two performances Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The staging venue is the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, located at 26026 Patriots Way in Georgetown, Delaware.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and military; and $7 at a special two-for-one rate for all middle school students.

No one will be turned away for inability to pay but donations and proceeds support future Take Two/SCHS dramatic productions.

Tickets will be available at the door starting at 5:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for matinee).

Concessions and drinks will be available at separate cost.

“Putnam County” performers include Abbey Ruark, Andrew Radcliffe, Zachary Ables, Sarah Aleman, Roy Truitt, Hannah Bellistri, Rowan Reusing, Meoghan Swain and Kaitlyn Nusz.

“This musical is quite special because four lucky audience members are asked to join our players onstage to share in the fun of this ridiculous spelling bee,” Take Two Drama Club advisor and teacher David Warick said. “These are some of the most musically and dramatically talented students we have in the district. They have created a classic night of musical comedy that everyone should see!”

The Take Two Drama Club is an independent non-profit organization which supports the production of plays and musicals for the students of Sussex Central High School and the surrounding communities.

All ticket proceeds go directly back into the production of future shows and to supporting the students of Sussex Central in studying and creating theatre.

Anyone wishing to donate to Take Two Drama Club should contact advisor David Warick at david.warick@irsd.k12.de.us.

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