Francis Scott Key High School presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

 With a man-eating plant as its star, "Little Shop of Horrors" biggest challenge was finding a plant and learning to operate it, according to director Matt Lamb.

"You have to have a man-eating plant," Lamb said.

After renting puppets from a company in Columbia, another challenge was operating the puppets with someone else providing the voice.

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"It's been interesting," said Lamb, a vocal teacher. "There's one guy in the plant operating it and one guy in the catwalk acting and singing for it."

Things are coming together, he said, and the cast of about 40 students is ready to go.

Performances are April 19 at 7 p.m., and April 20 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10; $8 for students; $12 for preferred seating

Francis Scott Key High School is at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge.

For information, call 410-751-3320.

North Carroll High School presents "Les Miserables"

"This is definitely a hard show," said director Roberta Gore. "I think the fact that it is an operetta ... and everything is sung. It is difficult music, high notes. It is a huge struggle for everybody."

"It's hugely challenging and incredibly gratifying when you bite off something so, so difficult, and nail it. The kids are really excited," Gore said of his cast of 57.

Performances are on May 3, 4,10 and 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

North Carroll High School is at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

For information, call 410-751-3450.

Westminster High School presents "Into the Woods"

Featuring four fairy tales — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — as well as a new tale about a baker and his wife, "Into the Woods" is almost two different shows tied up in one, said Melissa Purdy, director.

"The first act is basically as you know them to be," Purdy said of the fairy tales. "The second act asks: Did they live happily ever after? What happened to them?"