LA PLATA, Md. (November 2, 2011)—Student actors in Charles Countys six public high schools are preparing for fall plays, which begin in November. The following is a list of school plays, ticket and contact information for each high school.
La Plata High School is presenting Ken Ludwigs Postmortem, on Nov. 3-5, at 6:30 p.m. Postmortem is a mystery thriller set in 1922 where the lead, William Gillette, an actor who has spent his career portraying Sherlock Holmes, invites his fellow cast members to his castle for a séance. There, he sets out to find out who murdered his fiancée a year earlier. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for thespians. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff is admitted free with their identification badge. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.
North Point High School is presenting Tom Jones, at 7 p.m., Nov. 3-5. The play is a comedic adventure about Tom Jones, foundling and ward of Squire Allworthy, who is deeply in love with Sophia and she with him. When the romance is discovered, Tom is banished and Sophia, with her maid, Honour, sets out to find him. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. School system employees are admitted free with their identification badges. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.
Maurice J. McDonough High School students are presenting Ken Ludwigs Moon Over Buffalo, Nov. 4-6. Moon Over Buffalo is a comedy about Charlotte and George Hay, a fading acting couple on tour in 1953. In Buffalo, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Director Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Performance times are 7 p.m., Nov. 4-5, and 2 p.m., Nov. 6. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $7 for thespians and children. CCPS employees get one free ticket at the door with their identification badge. Pre-order tickets online at www.mcdonoughdrama.com or get them at the door show night. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the production. Call 301-302-8311 for more information.
Students at Thomas Stone High School are presenting The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and Dogbrain, the weekend of Nov. 17-19. The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks is about two brothers, messy Michael and neat Norman, who fight over sharing one room. However, after a purchase of strange plants, they find Michaels mess is gone and that the plants are eating Michaels dirty things and growing. Dogbrain is a childrens play where six-year-old Nicholas invents a non-existent creature called Dogbrain to blame for his bad behavior. However, Nicholas runs into trouble when Dogbrain appears (visible only to Nicholas) and inflicts chaos on his family. Performance time for all three dates is 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Thespians receive a $1 ticket discount. School system employees can receive two tickets by providing their staff identification badge. Tickets will be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to the start of each show. Call 301-645-2601 for more information.
Westlake High School students are presenting Thornton Wilders The Matchmaker, on Nov. 17-19 at 7 p.m. The Matchmaker is about a rich man who hires a matchmaker to help him find a wife. However, things turn complicated when the matchmaker ends up desiring the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for thespians. CCPS staff is admitted free with their identification badges. Call 301-645-8857 for additional information.
Henry E. Lackey High School students are presenting Figments, on Nov. 18-19 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Figments is about Rick Jacobs, a playwright, with a wild imagination. As he attempts to overcome a massive case of writer's block, four figments of his imagination play out the opening scene of his next murder mystery. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $6 for thespians. School system employees can receive two tickets by providing their staff identification badge. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.
For additional information or directions to each school, visit the school system Web site at www.ccboe.com.