Sussex Central to present "The Who's Tommy" April 11-13

Keyana Neal, left, and Javontay Sturgis play the local lads in "Pinball Wizard" from "The Who's Tommy." SOURCE SUBMITTED
April 1, 2013

The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School will present the first Delmarva production of the Broadway smash hit production of "The Who's Tommy" at 7 p.m., from Thursday to Saturday, April 11 to 13, at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown.

General admission is $8 at the door; students, seniors and military pay $5. Middle school students with ID are admitted on a special two-for-one ticket for $5. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

The story of the traumatized "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who is bullied and then finds fame, forgiveness and love, was originally a groundbreaking concept album by the famed British rock band The Who in 1969. The rock opera later became a celebrated experimental film by director Ken Russell in 1975.

In the 1990s through the 2000s, the Broadway musical version set box-office records and finally became available for high school productions through MTI International in the last few years.

"I'm really excited to be the first Delmarva high school to produce 'Tommy' on stage," says Sussex Central drama teacher and director David Warick. "It has a beautiful message of understanding, honesty, acceptance and forgiveness. Besides that, it has an amazing rock and roll score!"

Besides a live rock band, the production also features sets, special effects, costumes and lights all designed by SCHS students, as well as dynamic performances by the ninth- through twelfth-graders comprising the cast.

For school groups and group sales, call Warick at 302-934-3166, Ext. 420.

Concessions will be available during the brief intermission. Press interested in learning more about this first authorized high school production of "Tommy" in southern Delaware are encouraged to call Warick.

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