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‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ musical at Sussex Central March 22-23

March 18, 2019

The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School will present "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 by special permission from Music Theatre International.

Focusing on the wacky and weird eccentricities and deep inner lives of several middle school spelling bee contestants, the musical comes to the region for performances at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22; and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, 26026 Patriots Way, Georgetown.

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 all proceeds support future Take Two/SCHS dramatic productions. 

Performers include Abbey Ruark, Andrew Radcliffe, Zachary Ables, Sarah Aleman, Roy Truitt, Hannah Bellistri, Rowan Reusing, Meoghan Swain and Kaitlyn Nusz.

Take Two Drama Club advisor and teacher David Warick said, "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." The themes and language are for mature audiences, ages 13 and older, but the humor is truly universal.

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, nonprofit organization which supports production of plays and musicals for the students of Sussex Central High School and surrounding communities.

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

To make a donation, contact Warick at david.warick@irsd.k12.de.us. Show tickets are available at the door starting at 5:30 p.m. for evening performances, and 12:30 p.m. for the matinee. Concessions and drinks will be available at separate cost.