From a tea with the characters to a sensory-friendly show for LFI students, high school drama productions in Carroll County Public Schools are offering ways for audiences to experience theatre in new ways.
Spring is traditionally musical season, and all but one high school this year is producing a musical that will be well-known to fans of the genre. Manchester Valley is the first to perform and Westminster concludes the season.
The Opening Knights Drama Club at Century High School will be putting on seven shows of Disney’s “Newsies,” the tale of Jack Kelly and a ragtag group of his fellow New York newsboys who strike against unfair conditions to take on a powerful titan of publishing. The lively and dance-heavy show is family friendly.
Lucas Hewitt, who directs alongside Caitlyn Hewitt said, “We are thrilled to be able to be the first CCPS high school to put on Disney’s “Newsies.” This show is perfect for today’s teenagers as it all about coming together in unity to support one another and be a part of something bigger than yourself.”
Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. on April 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13. Afternoon shows begin at 2 p.m. on April 6 and 13.
Familiar fairytales return to their grim and tricky roots in “Into The Woods,” which will run at Francis Scott Key High School in the first two weekends in April directed by Roberta Gore and Justin Patterson.
Performances of the full show will be held April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.
The cast will also present two child-friendly performances where they perform only the first act of the show before it takes a dark turn. The first will be held April 6 at 2 p.m. It is a sensory-friendly show designed to make the theatre experience more accessible for students in the LFI program. Another act-one only show will be held April 13 at 2 p.m.
Liberty Drama presents the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” over two weekends in April.
The show, which has inspired everything from a Gwen Stefani song to a novelized sequel, follows Reb Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters as they navigate tradition and community in pre-revolutionary Russia.
Evening shows will be held at 7 p.m. on April 5, 6, 12 and 13. Afternoon shows will be held at 2 p.m. on April 6 and 13.
Tickets are also available for “Tea with Tevye,” an interactive character experience that includes tea and a light lunch on April 13 at 12:30 p.m. before the afternoon show. Purchase of a ticket to the tea includes early admission to the show.
Even the all together ookiest of families have their conflicts sometimes. The South Carroll Stage Lighters bring “The Addams Family” to life on stage for two weekends in April filled with comedy romance and all things macabre.
Evening shows are 7 p.m. on April 5, 6 12 and 13. Afternoon shows will be held April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.
The student-directed one-acts will be held over two weekends, with two of the four shows each night.
On Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5 “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Zach Gnall and “The Lottery” dramatized by Brainerd Duffield from the story by Shirley Jackson, directed by Hannah Walsh will run.
On the two Saturdays, March 30 and April 6, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Eddie Zipperer, directed by Lindsey Harford and “The Yellow Boat” by David Saar directed by Jacob Schoenberger will run.
A series of maritime mishaps are the focus of the music comedy “Anything Goes,” which will be performed by Winters Mill High School students over the second week in April.
The show follows the antics of mobsters, debutantes, dancing sailors and stowaways all crowded together on board a cruise ship.
All shows will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium on April 11,12 and 13. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Westminster High School’s performance of “Mamma Mia!” will close out the high school season with performances at the end of April.
Though it recently got a cinematic sequel, the original stage musical of “Mamma Mia!” is a family comedy that follows bride-to-be Sophie as she tries to get her father to come to her wedding. The problem is she doesn’t know who he is. There are three possibilities, and she has invited them all. The ensuing antics are set to the dangerously-catchy songs of ‘70s pop icons ABBA.