Student actors in Charles County’s seven public high schools are preparing for spring plays, which begin this month. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school.
Maurice J. McDonough and Thomas Stone high schools are presenting their spring productions on March 19-21. Student actors at McDonough are presenting “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” on March 19-21 at 6:30 p.m., and on March 21 at 2 p.m. The show is about a young woman from a small town in Kansas named Millie who travels to New York City with hopes of becoming successful. Millie dreams of marrying a rich man and the musical follows her through her experiences in the city. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and $7 for thespians and children under the age of six. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members are able to attend the show free by showing their school system identification badge. Tickets can be ordered at www.mcdonoughdrama.com. Call 301-753-1755 for more information.
Actors at Stone are presenting Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” on March 19-21 with a show time of 7 p.m. on all three dates. The play features short stories about things people learn when they are young that stay with them as they settle into adulthood. Included are stories that depict love, hope and determination and the innocence of childhood. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available for purchase at the school each night starting at 6:30 p.m. CCPS staff receive two complimentary tickets by showing their identification badge. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.
Student actors at four high schools are hosting their spring plays during the third weekend in April. Henry E. Lackey High School is presenting William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” on April 17-18 at 6:30 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. The play highlights the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earlier plays and includes rules for drama introduced by Aristotle. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for students, senior citizens and military members. CCPS staff receive a free ticket, along with one guest, by showing their identification badge. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.
The North Point High School theatre department is presenting “Into the Woods” on April 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and at 1 p.m. on April 18. The musical is inspired by the Grimm Brother’s fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and follows the story of a husband and wife as they try to start a family. The couple encounter a witch who puts a curse on them. Tickets are $8 for general admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Elementary and middle school students can attend the matinee showing on April 18 for half-price admission. CCPS staff also receive one free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.
The St. Charles High School drama club is presenting “Once Upon a Mattress” on April 17 at 7 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. The show is a musical comedy that was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” The story follows Princess Winnifred and her desire to marry Prince Dauntless the Drab. His mother, Queen Agravain, creates a test for all princesses interested in marrying her son and the princess has to comply. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, and $6 for students, senior citizens, military members and thespians. CCPS staff also receive a free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-753-2090 for more information.
The Westlake High School theatre company is presenting “Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical,” on April 16-18 with a 7 p.m. show time on all three dates. The musical celebrates the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, a popular artist well known for teenage pop songs during the 1960s. Popular songs featured in the musical include “Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby” and “Do Wah Diddy.” Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. School system staff can receive two free tickets with their identification badge. Call 301-645-8857 for more information.
La Plata High School student actors are presenting the classic “The Wizard of Oz,” on April 30-May 2 with a show time of 6:30 p.m. on all three dates. There is also a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on May 3. The play follows Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, who finds herself in a strange place, the Land of Oz, after a tornado comes through her town. During the performances, the La Plata student actors will be joined by students from Mary H. Matula, T.C. Martin and Walter J. Mitchell elementary schools. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. CCPS staff also receive a free ticket with their identification badge. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.
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.