Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.
But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.
“It was the agreement that I had with the agency that licenses, … specifically stated that I was not allowed to advertise the play by name in radio, and press and any other type of mass media,” said drama teacher David Warick in a recent Indian River School District podcast. “I was a little taken aback, but I think I understand the reasons why.”
The show is a popular and world-renowned one (and no, it’s not “Hamilton”), and SCHS and its Take Two Drama Club are the first high school program or club in Delaware to secure the production rights.
“The show is so hot that it is still in circulation with professional national and international touring companies,” Warick had previously said. “As part of our agreement letting us do the show, Take Two is contractually not allowed to mention it by name in the press!”
They refer to it publically only as the “Fall Mystery Play.”
Those who can’t stand the suspense can listen to the school district’s internal podcast, “IRSD Spotlight,” online at https://soundcloud.com/irsdspotlight.
The public can also contact (302) 934-3166 or David.Warick@irsd.k12.de.us, and he will respond directly.
“It’s a huge deal. I had to really push for these rights … and we’re the first,” Warick said.
Warick said he was moved by seeing the live production, calling it beautiful, funny and complicated.
To create the best production possible, SCHS held auditions this summer and began rehearsals in mid-September. The cast features 10 students — four in single roles and the rest filling multiple roles.
Adding to the production, the “amazing and very committed” Jeff Gartman will also help with multimedia effects, Warick noted.
“I invite people to ask me about it. … That way, people interested in finding out what this amazing show is called can learn about it in detail in person from me!” Warick encouraged.
The “Fall Mystery Show” has three performances. Curtains go up at the SCHS Centre for Visual & Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors, students and military; and a special $7 two-for-one rate for all middle-school students. No one will be turned away for inability to pay, but all proceeds support student productions.
Other 2018-2019 highlights for Take Two include the musical “25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee” on March 22 and 23; the annual Black History Month Celebration, which this year is “Tribute to Aretha Franklin” and will take place on Feb. 20; the Take Two Comedy Club’s improv night on May 15.
The Take Two Drama Club is the non-profit booster organization that supports theater productions at Sussex Central High School and the surrounding communities.
(Editor’s note: Although the show has been openly discussed, Coastal Point is respecting the school’s licensing agreement by not publishing the title or details.)
By Laura Walter