A popular Shakespeare classic with a twist, love stories, a little alien plant fun and more top the list of fall high school productions happening at the seven Charles County Public high schools this month and in November.
First up is the fall musical at St. Charles High School on Oct. 28-30. The Spartan theatre group is presenting “Little Shop of Horrors,” on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The show sets stage in a floral shop and follows the main character, Seymour, in his adventures as he cares for a plant that magically appears after the town experiences a solar eclipse. Seymour names the plant Audrey, after his love interest, and soon learns the plant requires human blood to survive. Tickets are $8 for general admission, and $5 for students, senior citizens and military members. Call 301-753-2090 for additional show information.
La Plata High School student actors are presenting the dark comedy “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire the weekend of Nov. 3-5. The play takes place in the Bristol Palace Senior Living Facility where a sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate. When a main character, Abby, is forced to share her room with a new arrival, Marilyn, she plots to find a way to rid herself of her new roommate. A harmless bet between the two women evolves into a game of one-upmanship with each woman revealing secrets from their past. The play will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. CCPS staff can receive free admission by showing their work identification badge. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance through Jennifer Joyner, email@example.com. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.
Also taking the stage the weekend of Nov. 3-5 are student actors from Westlake High School as they present Don Zolidis’ “The Craving.” The story follows a screenwriter, Terry Kyle Morris, who has just written his first screenplay and put his heart and soul into the piece. He is elated when a Hollywood producer picks up his piece and wants to produce it, but disappointed when his script is turned into a zombie horror movie. Performance time is 7 p.m. for all three showings. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. CCPS staff receive two complimentary tickets with their work badge. Call 301-645-8857 for more details.
The drama department at Maurice J. McDonough High School is presenting “Midsummer Jersey,” a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nov. 10-12. The show sets stage on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern day New Jersey and features an impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a crew of fairies and workers at a local beauty salon. Performance dates are Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Understudy Show performance on Nov. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and military members and $7 for children. CCPS employees also receive one complimentary admission with their work badge. Visit www.mcdonoughdrama.com to purchase tickets. Requests for handicapped seats can be emailed to Jana Heyl at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 301-934-2944 for more information.
North Point High School is also hosting their fall production the weekend of Nov. 10-12. Student actors at North Point will present the comedy “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7 p.m. nightly Nov. 10, 11 and 12. The show follows the adventures of the Smith family in the early 1900s and their four beautiful daughters as they prepare to abruptly leave the area and relocate to New York just as the World Fair is scheduled to be held there. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. CCPS staff receive one complimentary ticket with their work identification badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more information.
Student actors at Henry E. Lackey High School are presenting “Do Not Go Gentle” the weekend of Nov. 18-20. Performance times are 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. The production features the life of Lillian, an 84-year-old woman who recently passed away. The show follows Lillian as she attempts to teach her surviving loved one’s lessons about life, and features flashbacks of Lillian’s life. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $6 for thespians. Call 301-743-5431 for more information.