Student actors in Charles County's six public high schools are preparing for fall plays, which begin in November. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school.
La Plata High School will present "Great Expectations," on Nov. 1-3, at 6:30 p.m. The play is based on the novel written by Charles Dickens, and is centered on the life experiences of a young English orphan named Pip. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for thespians. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff is also admitted free with their identification badge. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.
North Point High School is presenting "You Can't Take it With You," at 7 p.m., Nov. 8-10. The play takes place in the New York City home of the Sycamore family. The family is happy and eccentric, and often embarrasses their children, including daughter Alice. The plot focuses on a family dinner between the Sycamores and the conservative family of Alice's fiancé, Tony. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. School system employees are admitted free with their identification badges. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.
Maurice J. McDonough High School students are presenting William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Nov. 8-11. The play is a comedy that portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, and also includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies. McDonough's version of this classic is set to take place in Central Park in New York City in the year 1990. Performance times are 7 p.m., Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m., Nov. 10-11. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and $7 for thespians and children. CCPS employees get one free ticket at the door with their identification badge. Tickets can be pre-ordered online at www.mcdonoughdrama.com. Call 301-302-8311 for more information.
Westlake High School is presenting "All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten," on Nov. 15-17 at 7 p.m. Adapted for the stage from Robert Fulghum's best-selling book, this play is made up of various stories, which focus on ordinary people and their perspectives of daily life. Stories include a shy boy who insists on playing the "pig" in his class production of "Cinderella" to a man whose dream of flying carries him 11,000 feet over Los Angeles. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for thespians and senior citizens. CCPS staff is admitted free with their identification badges. Call 301-645-8857 for additional information.
Students at Thomas Stone High School are providing an evening of theater and fun next month. Students are presenting "While Shakespeare Slept," at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16-17. The play is about what would have happened to Shakespeare's great characters if he had quit theater to become a stable boy. After the play, there will be theater games with guest performers and a silent auction with food. Tickets are $3. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.
Henry E. Lackey High School students are presenting "The Crucible," on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. "The Crucible," written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $6 for thespians. School system employees can receive two tickets by providing their staff identification badge. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.
For additional information or directions to each school, visit the school system website at www.ccboe.com.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.