High school actors on center stage this spring play, musical season

High school actors on center stage this spring play, musical season

The Cat in the Hat, a loveable ogre, a bubbly attorney and more exciting characters help shape the lineup for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school spring theatre plays and productions. Students are busy preparing for their events, which start this weekend with St. Charles High School’s spring production. The following is a list of events, including ticket information for each high school.

St. Charles High School kicks off the CCPS high school spring play season with Tom Taggart’s “Game of Gold” this weekend, 7 p.m. March 3-4 and 2 p.m. March 5. The comedy sets stage in the Wild West and follows characters surrounding the kidnapping of a local woman, stolen gold mines, gamblers and more. Ticket prices are $5 for students, senior citizens and military members and $8 for general admission. CCPS employees receive one free admission with their school system badge. Follow the St. Charles student actors on Twitter at @SCHS_Theater or Call 301-753-2090 for more information. St. Charles is located at 5305 Piney Church Road in Waldorf.

Maurice J. McDonough and Thomas Stone high schools are hosting their spring productions the weekend of March 30-31 and April 1.

McDonough student actors are performing “Seussical the Musical” 6:30 p.m. March 30-31 and April 1. A 2 p.m. show also is planned for April 1. The show features several loveable Dr. Seuss characters from classic books such as “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $7 for thespians with their student identification card. CCPS employees receive one free admission with their system identification badge. Tickets are available online at www.mcdonoughdrama.com. McDonough is located at 7165 Marshall Corner Road in Pomfret. Call 301-934-2944 for more information.

Stone student actors are presenting “Shrek the Musical” 7 p.m. March 30-31 and April 1. The show features the adventures of a loveable green ogre, Shrek, as he encounters fairy tale characters and falls in love. The production is based on the popular 2001 DreamWorks movie “Shrek.” Stone is hosting the production with the support of the Thomas Stone High School Instrumental Booster group. Tickets are $5 and children under age 4 are free. Stone is located at 3785 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.

The North Point High School theatre department is presenting the musical “Guys and Dolls” 7 p.m. April 6-8. A 1 p.m. show also is planned for April 8. The musical is a romantic comedy and based in New York City. The main character, a gambler named Nathan, owes several debts and the show follows him as he attempts to pay them while turning to his girlfriend and other gamblers for help. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. CCPS employees receive one free admission with their school system identification badge. North Point is located at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.

Student actors at Henry E. Lackey High School are presenting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” 6:30 p.m. April 21-22 and 2 p.m. April 23. The show takes place in the tight-knit community of Washington Heights in Manhattan and features a young storeowner, Usnavi, as he encounters his neighbors and learns of their successes, struggles and heartbreaks. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, military members and students, and $6 for thespians. CCPS employees and one guest receive free admission by showing their school system badge. Lackey is located at 3000 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.

Student actors from La Plata and Westlake high schools will present their spring productions the last weekend in April.

La Plata is hosting “Legally Blonde the Musical” 6:30 p.m. April 27-29 and also at 2:30 p.m. on April 29. The production is a fun musical based on the movie “Legally Blonde” and follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she learns about stereotypes, snobbery and scandal as she pursues her dream to become a lawyer. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. CCPS staff earn one free admission with their school system identification badge. La Plata is located at 6035 Radio Station Road in La Plata. Tickets are available for advance purchase by contacting Jennifer Joyner at jjoyner@ccboe.com. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.

Student actors at Westlake will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 7 p.m. April 27-29. The show is a musical comedy and sets stage at Putnam Valley Middle School, where six quirky students participate in the school spelling bee, coordinated by three equally quirky adults. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. Westlake is located at 3300 Middletown Road in Waldorf. Call 301-645-8857 for more information.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 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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