Theater season in full swing at local schools [North Laurel]

Theater season in full swing at local schools [North Laurel]
Reservoir High School DECA Students at Fall Leadership Conference: Standing (from left to right): Anmol Bal, Ethan Gantz; Sitting (from left to right): Ethan Lee, Ian Adamchyzk, Kate Hyde, Tatiana Mcdonell (Submitted photo /)

It's theater season at our local high schools.

'Peter Pan' will be performed at Reservoir High School on Thursday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 20. Evening shows will be at 7 p.m. and matinees will be performed Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.


This fantasy is about an orphan boy who meets the Darling family. Together, they magically fly to Neverland where the adventures begin.

The role of Peter Pan will be shared by Sean Custer and Brendan Carter. Megan Hamilton and Funmi Erinle share the role of Wendy Darling. Jackson Durbin, from Hammond Middle School, plays 10-year-old Ben Sutton and Ty Grant, a Fulton Elementary student, plays 6-year-old Michael.

The production will be led by Jessica Binder, drama director and Dr. Gregory Knauf, technical director.

This promises to be a memorable show.

Binder is excited about the "magic of characters flying, gorgeous projections and backdrops, fight choreography" as well as beautiful sets and costumes. "Unruly pirates, wild lost boys and a crocodile that's the bane of Captain Hook's existence" will offer excitement for the audience.

Go to to purchase tickets online for $12. You will need to navigate through the site by clicking on high schools on the left side. Go to Reservoir High and scroll down to the dates for the play. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $14.

Atholton High School is also in the midst of a busy fall theater season. The award-winning drama department is presenting a new play, 'Crush,' written by Stephen Gregg. Your last chances to see the show are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. The high school's website describes 'Crush' as "an alien invasion romantic comedy that is also a 21st-century response to Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town." Set in a small town in the California desert falling on hard times, the play is about a high school theatre group staging 'Our Town' but then an alien invasion occurs. The outer space creature has six bodies, five of which are invisible to almost everyone. But there is one teen who can see the alien. The only problem is that no one in town will believe him. The unforgettable characters teach play goers all about what it means to love someone and be human. You can purchase tickets online at Click on the link in the middle of your computer screen. General admission seats cost $10.

Break a leg, young thespians!

Recently I heard from the chief marketing officer for Reservoir High School's Distributive Education Clubs of America club, Sachi Rai, who told me about the Fall Leadership Conference. The Maryland chapter of the DECA hosted the conference in Baltimore on Oct. 18. Reservoir sent 48 enthusiastic members to spend a day of incredible learning experiences ranging from physics to philosophy. Workshops such as 'Drones, Clones, and Genomes' and 'The Six Seconds to Success: First Impressions' were presented. According to Sachi, "the commonality between all the speaker's workshops was that the students left with increased knowledge about the business and entrepreneurial world." Five Reservoir students led workshops as members of the state officer team. I think DECA's mission statement of preparing "emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe" was certainly at work during this convention for these young leaders.

The North Laurel Community Center will be busy on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Turkey Waddle is for walkers of all fitness levels ages 5 and up from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children's activities are also planned and participants will also have the chance to win a Thanksgiving turkey. Call 410-313-0390 for information. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

The Tinsel and Treasures Craft and Home Fair is also scheduled for that day at the community center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday shopping at its best.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. He said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the day to Veterans Day. So I want to extend my thanks to veterans for their service to our country.