There are some great shows coming to local school and community theaters this fall for audiences of all ages. From local theater to high school productions here’s a guide that highlights details about the performs coming up this October and November in Charles County.
CHARLES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
All seven Charles County Public high schools are putting a great deal of time and dedication into preparing for their fall shows. Opening night is already next week for La Plata High School! Lets give these youth encouragement and support for their hard work. This season has a great line up and sure to be entertaining. Come out to enjoy a show and support youth in the arts! Charles County schools published an article Student Actors Gear Up for Fall Productions with additional information about the shows.
LA PLATA HIGH SCHOOL
Show: Leading Ladies
Details: La Plata High School ushers in the fall play season with a comedy. “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig finds two Shakespearean actors who land in York, Pa., — Amish country — staging Shakespeare plays. The two decide to pose as a women’s long-lost relatives in hopes of gaining part of an inheritance worth millions. There are a few glitches along the way as expected in a farce.
Thursday October 24, 2019
Friday October 25, 2019
Saturday October 26, 2019
Tickets: Adults $10/ Students $5/CCPS ID honored
LACKEY HIGH SCHOOL
Show: Shakespeare in Hollywood
Details: Henry E. Lackey High School will also stage a Ludwig play. From Nov. 7 to 9, “Shakespeare in Hollywood” will be performed at Lackey. The show is set in 1934 and centers on the Bard’s characters, Oberon and Puck, who are magically transported to the Hollywood movie set of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They fall for the glitz of La La Land and nab roles playing themselves.
Thursday November 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Friday November 8, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Saturday November 9, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Tickets: Adults $7/ Students $5/CCPS ID Honored
Details: Lackey Performing Arts Link
NORTH POINT HIGH SCHOOL
Show: Cheaper By The Dozen
Details: Industrial engineers and efficiency experts Frank and Lillian are parents of a brood of 12 kids in North Point High School’s rendition of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, the story follows the Gilbreth family as the parents enlist the children to test ideas and theories about efficiency.
Thursday November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Friday November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday November 9, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: Adults $10/ Students & Senior Citizens $5
MCDONOUGH HIGH SCHOOL
Show: Band Geeks
Details: Music nerds rule in Maurice J. McDonough High School’s production of “Band Geeks!” The play pays homage to high school marching bands and misfits. The Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers is a band that’s down to nine members and little money. After a troubled athlete lands in its ranks, the group has to make the best of its season. Twists and turns lead to a showstopper.
Thursday November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Friday November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday November 16, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: Adults $12/ Students/Military/Senior Citizen $10/CCPS ID Honored
THOMAS STONE HIGH SCHOOL
Details: Thomas Stone High School will make itself known with “Anon(ymous),” written by Naomi Iizuka. Based on Homer’s “The Odyssey,” the play tells the story of a young refugee named Anon as he journeys through the United States. As he searches for his family among the ever-changing landscape, Anon meets several people — some kind, others dangerous and cruel.
Thursday November 21, 2019 @ 7pm
Friday November 22, 2019 @ 7pm
Saturday November 23, 2019 @ 7pm
Tickets: All tickets $5/CCPS ID Honored
WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL
Show: Disney Frozen Jr.
Details: Westlake High School let’s it go with “Disney’s Frozen Jr.” Sisters Elsa and Anna learn the meaning of true love in the stage adaptation of Disney’s hit movie. Westlake is staging a version combining elements of the movie and Broadway play specifically designed for younger audiences. La Plata will stage “Disney’s Frozen Jr.” later this year. The schools are working together to ensure the show is available to many theatergoers. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov. 21 through 23. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and children. CCPS badges are honored with two free tickets per badge.
Thursday November 21, 2019@ 7:00 PM
Friday November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday November 23, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Tickets: Adults $8/ Students $5/CCPS ID Honored
ST CHARLES HIGH SCHOOL
Details: Leave the candlesticks at home and make a date with Col. Mustard, Mrs. Peacock and the gang for “Clue: On Stage (High School Edition)” at St. Charles High School Dec. 6 to 8. What dinner party on a dark and stormy night isn’t made better with a murder mystery to solve? Based on the 1985 cult classic movie, “Clue,” the whodunnit will have audiences guessing up until the end. Shows are 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for students, military members and senior citizens. CCPS badges are honored with one ticket per badge.
Saturday December 6, 2019 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Tickets: Adults $8/ Students/Senior Citizens/Military $5/CCPS ID Honored
I’m sure most of us would agree that they enjoy the theater for simple entertainment value. However, what may people might not realize, is the unique and immersive learning experience theater can provide for children of all ages. Taking your children to the theater can… promote creativity, cultivate cultural appreciation, improve patience, build moral compassion and enhance communication skills. Check out these local shows perfect for younger audiences.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY – DRAMA CLUB
Show: The Ash Girl
Details: When an invitation to The Ball arrives at the Ash girl’s house, from Prince Amir, she can’t bring herself to believe that she, like her sisters, can go. With her mother dead and her father away, she must learn to fight the monsters that have slithered and insinuated their way into her heart and mind. In this wondrous drama Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the beauty and terror inherent in growing up.
Thursday November 14, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
Friday November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday November 16, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Tickets: Pre-sale $5 Students & $7 Adults/At Door $7 Students & $9 Adults
COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND CHILDREN’S THEATER
Friday, November 15 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 | 3 p.m.
Friday, November 22 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 24 | 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 military/seniors/youth
PORT TOBACCO PLAYERS
Show: Elf, the Musical
Details: Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf!
Dates: Nov. 22 to Dec. 15, 2019
- Teachers with a badge get FREE admission to most CCPS shows. This is for employees only. DOES NOT include family members of employees.
- Many of these shows are family friendly. Keep in mind that every child is different, I recommend bringing children who have a developed attention span. Fall shows typically don’t have music and last about an hour and a half in length.
- Be prepared that if you see the last performance of the show there will be time spent at the end of the play to show appreciation to the director and production staff. This means after bows you might stay extra time to hear a speech or see flowers/gifts given out.