McDonough High School Drama Department
The McDonough High School Theatre Department produces two full length plays every year. The fall production is a straight play (non-musical) and the spring production is a musical. Before each production, auditions are held to fill the acting and technical positions for the play.
Students who are active in theatre can become members of the school’s International Thespian Troupe which produces one act plays each year.
Recent plays our department has done include Grease, Beauty and the Beast, You Can’t Take It With You, Thoroughly Modern Millie, High School Musical, and currently Dracula.
In addition to the productions, drama club also does face painting at the Charles County Fair, produces a yearly Talent Show, takes an annual trip to New York City, and takes students to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In addition to the after-school program, students may also take theatre classes. Theatre 1 is the first class that students take which gives them an overview of all aspects of theatre and is the only Theatre class open to freshman. After a student has taken Theatre Arts I or with the permission of the instructor, the student may take Play Productions for technical students or Theatre II-IV (Advanced Acting) for acting students.
Play Productions focuses on set construction, publicity, costumes, makeup, properties, lights and sound. The students produce the technical elements for the fall and spring plays, show choir productions and the Madrigal dinner.
Theatre Arts II-IV (Advanced Acting) focuses only on acting. The students in this class learn about the audition process, act in scenes, skits and one-act plays. They also perform in the Madrigal dinner and produce one play a quarter. They recently won first place at the Maryland State Thespian Festival One Act Competition. They have also recently world premiered Jonathan Rand’s first full length play.