Sulphur Springs Junior, Keegan Stalcup, stars in the TAMU-C
Playhouse production of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," as Del.
Sulphur Springs' Actor Star of
TAMU-C Spring Production of
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"
by: Bobby McDonald
Keegan Stalcup - appearing as Del
It's live from Esther's in the Catskills of New York, as Del Demonico (played by Sulphur Springs Junior, Keegan Stalcup) prepares to perform for a chance to appear on "American Bandstand." Return to those famous songs as this musical showcases the many favorites in the 1950s, 60s and 70s of singer-songwriter teen idol Neil Sedaka with the songs providing the framework for the story. Many of the Top 40 songs from his early years are: "The Diary" (his first), "Where the Boys Are," "Stupid Cupid," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and the title song, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,"Songs from Sedaka’s come-back years in the 1970s include "Solitaire," "Laughter in the Rain," "Love Will Keep Us Together," "The Hungry Years" and a duet of Little Devil/"Stairway to Heaven."
No history of rock-n-roll is complete without mention of Neil Sedaka. In his fifty year career, he, as well as over 130 other recording artists had top ten hits with his original works. Today, Neil Sedaka still remains popular, and continues touring the world. He has recorded many of his hits in Italian, Spanish, German, and even Hebrew and Japanese.
"Far, far too many stories about the rock-n-roll years, end tragically, but "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," is the exception. In this production, the good guy gets the girl, the bad guy gets his comeuppance, and all is right with the world," expresses play director, Jim Anderson. "We know it's going to happen, but it's a lot of fun to watch and you get to hear these great, great songs, performed on stage!"
Appearing with Sulphur Springs's Keegan Stalcup, are: Jeffrey Stirl, as Harvey, a Daingerfield graduate student; Chad Harrison Pope, as Gabe, a Commerce Junior student; Gabrielle Dickson, as Lois, a Waxahachie Junior; Amanda R. Gish, as Marge, a Greenville TAMU-C graduate; and Christy R. Griser, as Esther, a Commerce graduate student.
Members of The "Del-inquents," (Del's Fan Club) include: Andrew Michael Carroll, Eduardo (Eddiey) Sneed, Ilima Santiago, Sarah Scholl, M. Chase Gladden, Latrice Owens, and Tiffany Landers.
Appearing as The "Del-Phonics," the House Band at Esther's Paradise, are: Bill Carr, Guitar; Ben Johnston, Piano; Hal Wright, Drums; and Rob McWhorter, Bass Guitar.
Director is Jim Tyler Anderson
Director - Jim Tyler Anderson
Assistant Director and Choreographer is Christine Sheehan
Musical Director is Bill Carr
Costume Designer is Samantha Grace
Assistant Costume Designer is Kaitlan Armstrong
Light Designer is Sulphur Springs' own, Brandon Fain
Brandon Fain - Light Designer
Light Board Operator is Benjamin Kennedy
Properties Designer is Joshua Cole Simmons
Graphics/Publicity is August S. Williams
Sound Design is Charles L. Crews
Sound Board Operator is Richard Van Pay
Hair and Make-up Designer is Keri Zukosky
Stage Manager is Aimee Ranelle Whitman
Assistant Stage Manager is Robin Leigh Billings
And Running Crew is Katie Olach
If you've never attended a musical production at TAMU-C, you're in for a real, real treat. And, if you've attended these great productions, in the past, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," certainly meets the standards that you've come to expect, with an outstanding cast and crew!
Make your reservations for performances on April 24th - 29th, with 8:00 p.m. performances nightly the 24th -28th, and a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 29th. Reservations can be made by calling (903)886-5900.