1st Stage Announces the World Premiere of Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee

1st Stage Announces the World Premiere of Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee

Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee is a delightfully kooky, innovative production, sure to take you to a magical world far below our own. A splash of the ‘Muppet Show’, ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’, and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, blended with a touch of macabre (á la Tim Burton), this vibrant and unique theatrical event is designed for ages 8 and up (so bring the family!). Featuring pirates, ghosts, monsters, mermaids, and a colorful cast of puppet characters this visually exciting story has a treasure chest full of heart. Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee offers a vivid, vivacious, and snarky storytelling experience for school age children, teenagers, and adults alike.

The cast features Suzy Alden, Linda Bard, Natalie Cutcher, Ezinne Elele, Lee Gerstenhaber, Matthew Aldwin McGee, and Jacob Yeh.

The show is written and directed by Matthew Aldwin McGee, with associate director El Chelito and stage manager Justine Morris. Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee features set design by Crista Noel Smith, costume design by Erik Teague and Alison Samantha Johnson, lighting design by Alberto Segarra, sound design and original compositions by navi, music composed by David Dibble, songs written by Charming Disaster, and props by Andrea “Dre” Moore.

Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee is presented with generous support from, The Jim Henson Foundation, John and Patricia Dyer, and Bootsie and Humo Humenansky.

Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee will run at 1st Stage from June 2 through June 19 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs two hours with one intermission.

General admission tickets are $50. Senior (65+) tickets are $47. Student, educator, and military tickets are $15. The first 20 tickets sold for every show will cost only $20. Thursday evening tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856.

1st Stage safety plan

1st Stage is dedicated to the health and safety of its patrons, performers, and participants, and is enacting certain safety measures at this time to ensure that the theatre can remain a comfortable place for the community. For the latest COVID health and safety policies, please visit https://1ststage.org/covid-safety-plan

Coming next to 1st Stage

The upcoming 2022-2023 season will include The Logan Festival of Solo Performance from July 28 to August 7, 2022, Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage from September 15 to October 2, 2022, The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash from November 17 to December 11, 2022, How the Light Gets In by E. M. Lewis from March 2 to March 19, 2023, Mojada by Luis Alfaro from April 20 to May 7, 2023, and The Last Match by Anna Ziegler from June 8 to June 25, 2023. Season subscriptions are available today at www.1ststage.org.

Open captions and audio description are available for this production. Visit www.1stStage.org for dates and details.


Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee
Written and directed by Matthew Aldwin McGee


June 2- 19, 2022
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2 and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm


1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102


  • $50 general admission
  • $47 seniors (65+)
  • $15 students, educators, and military

Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856.

About 1st Stage

1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Winner of Outstanding Production for the past two seasons (The Brothers Size and Fly By Night), 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards in 2020. Other awards include the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company award. Additionally, 1st Stage is a renewed member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2020-2021. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage “one of America’s most impressive smaller regional companies.” For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theater on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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