The Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central High School had a banner year in 2017-2018. Rising junior Emily Gutierrez represented Sussex Central as an actress at Delaware’s Governor’s School in July, while graduating seniors James Mangin and Tanaye Purnell were honored by the Delaware Young Playwrights Festival and Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud competition, respectively.
SCHS and the Take Two Drama Club now have the opportunity to be the first high school theater program in Delaware to present an new international show, by special arrangement with the licensing agency holding the rights to the play.
“The show is so hot that it’s still in circulation with professional national and international touring companies,” said Take Two advisor and SCHS drama teacher David Warick. “As part of our agreement letting us do the show, Take Two is contractually not allowed to mention the play by name in the press.”
Working with the extraordinary stipulations has been a challenge for the club, Warick said, but he had a solution.
“We will refer to it in the press as our Fall Mystery Play,” he said. “I invite people to ask me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. That way, people interested in finding out what this amazing show is called can learn about it in detail in person from me.”
The “mystery” play will be presented at the Centre for Visual & Performing Arts at SCHS on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 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 all donations and proceeds support future Take Two/SCHS drama productions.
In addition to the special “mystery” show, SCHS is also presenting the musical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (by special permission with MTI) as its spring musical, on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Other offerings include Take Two’s annual Black History Month Celebration, which will be held on a yet-to-be-announced date in February. Take Two will also host its Comedy Club on Wednesday, May 15.
The Take Two Drama Club is an independent non-profit drama booster organization (501(c)(3) status pending) that 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 theater. The club’s Facebook page is listed under Take Two Drama Club of Sussex Central HS.