Supporting local youth in their theatrical exploits is not just for doting parents and supportive grandmothers; it’s for everyone. With $10 and a willing heart, you too can explore the wonderful world of community theatre with Century High School’s Drama Club, the Opening Knights.

What’s on the Menu for the Fall?

On November 8th, 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th you can take in an evening of one-act plays that have been directed by the students. There will be four plays for you to enjoy in varying levels of tragedy and comedy. The plays are as follows:

Feed the Whales: The Saga of  the Boy Band Oreo by Don Zolidis

Surviving Lunch by KT Curran

368 Friends by Andrew Fleming

Things Fall (Meanwhile) by Barton Bishop

The four one-acts will vary in content and there is a content advisory warning for the second half of the show, in case you don’t wish to engage with heavier topics. The show, as a whole, is meant to take the audience on a journey of comedy and tragedy with relevance to the modern teenager’s condition. If nothing else, it will certainly be interesting.

The 2018-2019 Season

If you enjoy seeing what these kids can do, then you’re welcome to check out their entire season. There are 3 shows in their season, two of which are musicals. In January, there will be a production of The Secret Garden and then in the Spring, they’re putting on the acclaimed musical, Newsies.

In the past, they’ve done productions of “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “Into the Woods”, “Seussical”, “Sweeney Todd”, and many others. Judging from their instagram, the shows have enjoyed a pretty decent production value with nice costumes and lovely sets.

Why Support High School Theatre?

We were all young once and with that youth came the need for support. These kids are building the skills that they will be able to utilize and enjoy for the rest of their lives and to do that, funding must be obtained. When you buy a ticket to one of their shows, you’re really investing in the future of the students who work with the program. It may not seem like much to you, but it really means the world to them.

Acting in your youth can teach you all sorts of amazing things that many people don’t have the pleasure of experiencing. Kids who come out of theatre programs are more confident, have stronger speaking skills, and understand the value of working together. Even if they don’t go on to be actors in their adult lives, the memories of their time in the theatre will certainly build the foundation that they need to achieve their dreams.

Take it from a Baltimore School for the Arts graduate, the arts can and will change your life if you let them.