Essex’s Deep Creek Middle Drama Club named Honorees

The Deep Creek Middle Drama Club has been named one of the six honorees in the 2020 Young Playwrights Festival, presented by Baltimore Center Stage.

The members of the Deep Creek Middle Drama Club are: My’Kelle Carter, Shakiyah Carter, Carlita Church, Aniyah Dangerfield, AaShyah de Vires, Jason Emmanuel, Sarah Francisco, Monique Franklin, Reuben George, Ty’Liyah Green, Sumyah Jacobs, Elijah Kurtyka, Jade Lawrence, Brandon McMurrin, Carter Mills-Franklin, Makayla Powell, Kirsten Tyler, Akeelah Washington. All the club members are in Grade 7, except for Kurtyka, Mills-Franklin, and Washington, who are Grade 8 students. The club is coordinated by Jessica Schmitz, social studies teacher at Deep Creek Middle.

The Young Playwrights Festival and Residency Program has been the flagship education program of Baltimore Center Stage for the past 40 years. Students in Grades K-12 throughout Maryland are eligible to submit plays to the annual competition. The theme of this year’s festival is Seize the Day. Winning playwrights are honored with a playwright mentor to help them refine and edit their scripts before the plays receive a professional production.

The plays by Deep Creek Middle Drama Club (“Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: A Murder Mystery”) and Nelson (“The Earthlings”) will be performed publicly on Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m. in The Pearlstone Theater at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., 21202. Tickets are free ($5 suggested donation) and available online. Seating is limited, and tickets are required.