Student actors gear up for fall productions

Student actors gear up for fall productions


A rabbit-chasing girl, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle and an ambitious group of young adults yearning for the spotlight round out some of the fall high school productions happening soon at Charles County’s seven public high schools.

First in the fall production season are shows from Henry E. Lackey and La Plata high schools.

Student actors at Lackey will present “12 Angry Jurors” the weekend of Nov. 1-3, with a show time of 6:30 p.m. for all three dates. The show sets stage in a courtroom where a group of jurors is set to decide the fate of a teenager in a murder trial. As the jury deliberates, tensions arise among the group as they decide the fate of the accused. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for students, military members and senior citizens. Lackey honors the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) badge for one admission, plus a guest. Call 301-753-1753 for more details.

La Plata student actors will present Mary Gallagher’s “Dog Eat Dog” Nov. 1-3 at 6:30 p.m. The show sets stage in an affluent suburban American city during a time of extreme recession. The characters must deal with struggles they have not encountered before, such as job loss and failing businesses, and figure out how to survive during an economic crisis. The show includes adult themes that may not be understood by children under 13 years old. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. La Plata also honors the CCPS badge for one free admission. Community members interested in reserving tickets should email Jennifer Joyner, La Plata theatre arts teacher, at jjoyner@ccboe.com. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.

La Plata is also hosting a second fall production, the Harry Connick Jr. family musical “The Happy Elf” on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. La Plata honors the CCPS badge for one free admission.  Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing jjoyner@ccboe.com.

Maurice J. McDonough and North Point high schools are hosting fall productions the weekend of Nov. 8-10.

The drama department at McDonough will present “Alice in Wonderland” Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m., with an additional performance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. Follow the story of Alice as she travels on bizarre adventures through a magical land with characters such as the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and others. During her travels, Alice learns she is in the land to end the reign of the evil Red Queen. Ticket information is available on the McDonough Drama Club website https://mcdonoughdrama.com/#. Call 301-934-2944 for more information.

North Point student actors will present “Fame” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, 9 and 10. The play features the pursuits of several high school students who attend the High School of Performing Arts. From an aspiring actor and comedian, to dancers and violinists, the show features obstacles the characters face in reaching their future goals. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.

Student actors at Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools present fall play productions in mid-November.

Students at Stone are presenting Jonathan Dorf’s musical “High School (non) Musical” the weekend of Nov. 15-17. Show time is 7 p.m. for all three performances. The production is a fun spoof based on the Disney classic “High School Musical” and follows Toy and Gaberella, high school students who are at the top of their class. Toy is a bowling champion and Gaberella is a surgical prodigy. However, they both desire more and look to take the lead in the upcoming Winter Muse Cycle. All tickets are $5. Stone honors the CCPS badge for one admission. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.

Westlake student actors will present Don Zolidis’ “Spy School” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17. The play sets stage in a high school where Jane Doe, an undercover secret agent with the CIA, is sent to locate a Russian spy. Doe is tasked with finding the spy before they send top secret space mission information to the USSR, all while adjusting to family life as a high school student. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. Call 301-645-8857 for more information.

St. Charles student actors will present Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook” Nov. 30, and Dec. 1-2. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Follow the adventures of Mowgli, a boy abandoned in the jungle and raised by wolves with the help of a bear named Baloo. Mowgli is pursued by the tiger Sherakhan, who killed his parents, but is protected by a panther with the help of Baloo. Mowgli is left to figure out how to deal with Sherakhan. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, and $5 for senior citizens, students and military members. St. Charles honors the CCPS badge for one free admission. Call 301-753-2090 for more information. 

About CCPS

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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial 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. 

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