Tiaras, chocolate, Peter Pan’s backstory and more top the list of fall high school productions happening soon at the seven Charles County Public high schools.
First up in the fall play season is “Game of Tiaras” at Westlake High School. The show runs 7 p.m., Nov. 2-4 and is an adaptation of the production of “King Lear.” The show sets stage in a magical kingdom in which tragedy strikes after an aging king decides to split his land among his three daughters. The show features plot twists similar to those found in the television show “Game of Thrones” and includes undertones of Shakespearean tragedy. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Call 301-645-8857 for more details.
The drama department at Maurice J. McDonough High School is hosting “Peter and the Starcatcher” by Rick Elice the weekend of Nov. 9-11. Show time is 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. understudy show performance also set for Nov. 11. The show features the backstory of the famous boy who could fly, Peter Pan. The plot includes how Peter Pan earned his name, learned to fly and highlights how Captain Hook lost his hand. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $7 for thespians and children under the age 5. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff can attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Tickets go on sale Oct. 23 at http://www.mcdonoughdrama.com/.
Student actors at Henry E. Lackey High School will present Craig Sodaro’s “Death by Chocolate” the weekend of Nov. 16-18 with a show time of 6:30 p.m. The show features drama, comedy, murder, mystery and romance, and takes place in a local coffee shop, the Precious Perks Coffee Shoppe. The show follows the main character Nick, a private detective, as he investigates the death of a man who was poisoned with the shop’s signature coffee, Death by Chocolate. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens and members of the military, and $6 for members of the Thespian Honor Society who show their identification cards. CCPS staff can attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.
North Point High School student actors will present “M*A*S*H” the weekend of Nov. 16-18 with a show time of 7 p.m. nightly. The show follows the members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed on the front lines of battle during the Korean War. The plot includes humor, drama and more as the characters turn to one another for friendship as they are surrounded by war. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. CCPS staff can attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.
Also taking the stage the weekend of Nov. 16-18 are student actors at Thomas Stone High School as they present “Greek Story Theatre,” featuring Greek poetry classics such as the Odyssey and Oedipus. Show time for all three dates is 7 p.m. The plot features the Odyssey, a Greek poem that chronicles Odysseus and his journey home after the Trojan War and the fall of Troy, and Oedipus, who is destined to bring destruction to his family. Tickets are $5. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.
La Plata High School student actors are set to take the stage on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2 in “Elf Jr.” Show time is 6:30 p.m. The show follows the main character Buddy, a young orphan raised by elves at the North Pole. As Buddy ages and realizes he is not an elf, he travels to New York City to find his father and discover his true identity. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. CCPS staff can attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.
Also taking the stage in December are student actors at St. Charles High School. “World War II Radio Christmas” is set for Dec. 1-3 with show times of 7 p.m. on Dec. 1-2 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 3. The show is family friendly and sets stage during World War II. Student actors will recreate the experience of attending a live 1940s radio broadcast on Christmas Eve during World War II. Tickets are $8 for general admission, and $5 for students, senior citizens and military members. School system staff can attend the show free by showing their employee identification badge. Call 301-753-2090 for more information.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 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 Nikial M. Majors, 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.