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West Potomac Prepares for 'Romeo & Juliet'

At West Potomac High School, in the Springbank Arts Building, there are always theater students working on set construction or costumes for a play. The school puts on four shows a year: fall and winter plays, student-directed one-acts, and a spring musical.

Thespian Troupe 1899 has 39 existing members and more to be inducted in the winter. The troupe deals with Thespian business, but knows how to have fun. This fall they'll be traveling to Staunton, Va. to participate in workshops and see the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company perform "Richard III." In the Spring, they're planning a trip to New York City to see two Broadway shows.

In addition to all of the Thespian activities, the troupe also gives back to the community. Every winter season, it adopts a family, furnishing them with their holiday meal and gifts.

The Drama Boosters are also active. They support the program with fund-raisers and volunteer work.

West Potomac offers theatre arts 1-4 and tech theatre 1-2.

'ROMEO AND JULIET"

West Potomac's Theatre Department is putting on "Romeo & Juliet" on Nov. 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kogelman theatre in the Springbank Arts Center.

Set in the Italian Renaissance, this interpretation includes 37 cast members, and will be stage managed by Corelyn Coates with the assistance of Elaine Fitzgerald. Stage combat is being professionally choreographed by Casey Kaleba.

Call 703-718-2585 for tickets. Cost is $4 in advance, $5 at the door.