Performances run November 5th and 12th

GAITHERSBURG, MD – QO Theatre, the award-winning theatre program of Quince Orchard High School of MCPS, will present its production of The Plot, Like Gravy Thickens, by Billy St. John. With a company made up almost entirely of students, including the cast, creative team, and crew, this production promises to be engaging and perfectly mysterious. Performances will run on November 12th. Performances will begin at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets can be bought at the door, and cost $12 for adults, $8 for QO Students, and $10 for all others. All performances will take place at Quince Orchard High School (15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878). For the evening performance, we encourage carpooling!  We will also have a shuttle from Rachel Carson Elementary to QOHS to provide for parking issues.

The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens is a comedic murder mystery following a “play within a play” format. The production follows the story of Walter, the playwright's alter ego, who narrates the show under the premise that he will tell the audience how he commits a murder. He introduces the audience to tyrannical millionaire Edward Worthington's relatives, business associates, and household staff, most of whom have reason to wish the man dead. Gathered on a stormy evening at Worthington Manor to celebrate Edward's fiftieth birthday are his wife, her brother, Edward's befuddled older sister, his ex-wife, and his daughter. Also present are his shady lawyer and his uptight business manager with his giddy wife, and southern secretary, as well as the butler, the housekeeper, the maid, and the cook. Each has a motive that is established when the lights go out and the mysterious murder occurs.

QO Theatre

QO Theatre is the award-winning theatrical arts program at Quince Orchard High School that focuses on encouraging students to explore their interests. Whether that be performance arts, technical theatre, music, direction, or choreography, all students are welcome to pursue their passion. QO Theatre offers a fun yet professional environment and aims to prepare students for their future, whether they go into theatrical arts or not. Past productions have included “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Clue,” “Hello, Dolly!,” and “Disney’s Newsies.” QO Theatre is the recipient of three 2022 Cappies Awards, including Best Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Critic Team. In addition, QO Theatre received nominations for Best Orchestra, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical.

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