SCHS’s original musical ‘UNDER’ hits the stage this week

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Central High School’s Take Two Drama Club and the Sussex Central High School drama department will present the second original full-length musical in the school’s history.


From left, SCHS students Braeden Swain (as James Dean), Rebecca Bristow and Jake Ward (as James Hoffa).

This all new musical – written specifically for Sussex Central High School students – is titled “UNDER.”

It features music and lyrics by Eric Tsavdar, Selbyville Middle School’s choral director, and a book by David Warick, drama instructor at Sussex Central High School.

The musical premiers this Thursday, March 10 with additional shows Friday, March 11 and Saturday March 12. Showtime is 7 p.m. for all performances.

“UNDER” originally started as a notion Tsavdar had about celebrities who don’t actually disappear or pass away, but go into hiding to be out of the public eye.

“When Mr. Tsavdar throws these intriguing ideas my way it is difficult for me to not cook up a more detailed and elaborate story,” Mr. Warick said. “This is what happened with ‘UNDER’ and I proposed to him that we write another musical.”

The previous musical the pair created for Sussex Central was the celebrated supernatural musical “Dr. Ghost,” which became a local cult hit five years ago. Ms. Tsavdar jumped at the idea to return to Sussex Central to work on another musical.

“I’m so delighted to be working with such a talented cast at Sussex Central,” he said. “We want this to be the beginning of a long life for ‘UNDER’ and are looking toward the future for this great project.”

The musical takes place in a mysterious utopia created by a Richard Branson-like billionaire who has invited celebrities such as James Dean, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Elvis to recreate their lives out of the harsh glare of the public eye. This perfect world is threatened, however, by dangers from without and within.

“We hope people will be intrigued with the idea of all of these iconic characters having to deal with each other in this strange world,” Mr. Warick said. “Plus Mr. Tsavdar’s musical score – inspired by Seventies power pop and classic rock – is remarkable. We hope everyone comes to see and hear this amazing, original production.”

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students and military personnel. Middle school students are admitted on a two-for-one rate of $5. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

All proceeds support future Take Two/SCHS drama productions.

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