High schools plan fall theatre productions

High schools plan fall theatre productions

Student actors in Charles County’s seven public high schools are preparing for fall plays and musicals, which began early next month. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school.

La Plata, Maurice J. McDonough and Westlake high schools are hosting their fall productions during the first weekend in November. La Plata High School is presenting the musical “The Addams Family,” on Nov. 6-8. The musical is about the Addams Family, a ghoulish family that enjoys frightening ways of life. Gomez Addams, head of the family, learns that his daughter Wednesday, who is the ultimate princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a kind and gentle man. The Addams family hosts their daughter’s love and his family for dinner one night, leading to a chaotic evening. Show time is 6:30 p.m. for all three performances. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees can receive one complimentary ticket with their identification badges. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.

Student actors at McDonough are presenting Trey Clarkson’s “Rosie the Riveter,” on Nov. 6-8 at 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 8-9 at 2 p.m.  The play sets stage in 1942 during World War II. Eddie, the owner of an auto parts factory, is struggling with the decrease in demand of auto parts. His secretary, Rosie, suggests the factory secure a government contract to produce plane parts to aid the war efforts, and solicits the help of female workers for use as the labor force. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.mcdonoughdrama.com. Call 301-934-2944 for additional information.

Westlake is presenting Don Zolidis’ comedy “The Election,” the weekend of Nov. 6-8, with performance times for all three dates starting at 7 p.m. The play is about an election in which main character Mark Davenport battles against Christy Martin in the race for student body president. Davenport thinks he has the election in the bag until Martin becomes the favored candidate. As the possibility of losing the election increases, Davenport panics and seeks out the assistance of a campaign manager who has questionable ethics of his own. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. CCPS staff receives two complimentary tickets by showing their identification badge. Call 301-645-8857 for more information.

Student actors at North Point and St. Charles high schools are hosting their fall productions in mid-November. The North Point theatre department is hosting “The Mouse That Roared,” on Nov. 13-15, with all three show times starting at 7 p.m. The show is centered on Duchess Gloriana, ruler of a small country in the Alps. Her country is facing bankruptcy and her solution is to declare war on the United States. Her goal is to actually lose the war and receive free aid for her country. But when her plan backfires, Gloriana has to handle the consequences. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Staff members receive one free complementary ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.

St. Charles’ student actors are presenting the “Father of the Bride” on Nov. 14-15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. The comedy follows Stanley Banks as he copes with the upcoming wedding of his oldest daughter, Kay. Banks has anxiety about his daughter getting married, but also has a hard time realizing that she is growing up. The play follows the Banks family as they plan for the wedding. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students, senior citizens and military members with photo identification. CCPS staff members are able to attend the show for free by showing their school system identification badge. Call 301-753-2090 for more information.

Student actors at Thomas Stone High School are performing “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani on Nov. 20-22 with a performance time of 7 p.m. for all three nights. The play is comprised of nine short features that explore love and loss in a mythical remote town called Almost, Maine. The nine short scenes are titled, “Her Heart, Sad and Glad, Seeing the Thing, Story of Hope, Where It Went, This Hurts, They Fell, Epilogue and Prologue.” Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Stone also honors the CCPS badge for two free tickets. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.

The theatre department at Henry E. Lackey High School is presenting Seussical in January, but has not finalized show dates or times. Visit the Lackey website at http://www.edline.net/pages/lackey to follow their school news and receive updates about their musical.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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