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Experience a thrilling night of classic whodunits with Good Counsel Theatre Company's (GCTC) double feature of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound on November 3, 4, 10 & 11 at the Performing Arts Center at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Each performance begins with Christie's mystery masterpiece, followed by Stoppard's short-but-brilliant comic sendup of the genre.

"We are excited to bring our community a double-header of theatrical mysteries," said Kristina Friedgen, the show's director. "Students have been working hard to master the style of the suspense/film noir genre present in the old Hollywood classics. The result is a double feature that offers a deeper look at the art of the 'whodunit,' and provides a unique and enjoyable evening of theater."

It's an evening that begins with And Then There Were None, wherein a group of 10 strangers is lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon—only to discover that their hosts, an eccentric wealthy couple, have gone missing. Dinner reveals a recorded message accusing each guest of hiding a guilty secret and soon—stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme—the guests begin to die, one by one. Only the fallen can be believed to be innocent; who among the survivors is the killer?

The mysteries continue in The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play that finds two critics caught up as unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic 1950s mystery à la Agatha Christie. This play offers a double "whodunit" plus plenty of laughs—the perfect complement to And Then There Were None. Indeed, when these two plays come together the evidence is overwhelming: no one does mystery like Good Counsel Theatre Company!

GCTC's productions of And Then There Were None & The Real Inspector Hound run for two weekends at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Performing Arts Center, 17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney, MD. Performances are Friday and Saturday Nov. 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday Nov. 10 & 11 at 7p.m. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased on www.showtix4u.com

On Friday night, during a game against WCAC rival Bishop Ireton, GC Varsity Girls Soccer paid tribute to Head Coach Jim Bruno, who has guided the program over the past 30 years. Several alumni and their families returned to GC to congratulate Coach Bruno on his storied career and thank him for everything he has done for the GC community. Following the game was a reception in honor of the beloved coach.

Beginning the program in 1988, Jim has led his teams to 11 WCAC championships and over 450 wins. Many of his players went on to play collegiately, and some have even played for the National Women's Soccer League and the US National team. Jim has been named the National Private School Girls Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Washington Post's All-Met Coach of the Year.

Good Counsel would like to thank Coach Bruno for how much he has given to the school and the community. His influence on hundreds of Falcons' lives is immeasurable and he is a shining example of how GC inspires students to excel, serve, and love.

For six years, Our Lady of Good Counsel has offered adults the opportunity to continue their education through the Adult Enrichment Program. The program offers classes taught by members of the community, and span a range of topics and skills.

GC is offering an impressive variety of classes this fall. Sessions vary in length from 1-night to 5-week courses, and topics include:

• Eastern Shore Seafood and Beer Tasting
• Hearty Winter Soups
• Healthy and Tasty Cooking for Kids

• The Great Gatsby

• Barre Fitness Class
• Essential Oils 101
• Introduction to Acupuncture

• World Religions

• Calligraphy for Beginners

For more information and to register online go to http://www.olgchs.org/enrichment-programs-fall-2017. Questions? Contact Lauren Costello, Director of Auxiliary Programs lcostello@olgchs.org


Listen, learn, and be heard.

Dealing with alcohol, drugs, and kids, we are stronger together than alone. All freshmen, with at least one parent, are required to attend an evening of education and dialogue. Attendance is arranged alphabetically by the student's last name:

  • Tuesday, October 3 | students with last names beginning with A-G
  • Wednesday, October 18 | students with last names beginning with H-O
  • Thursday, October 26 | students with last names beginning with P-Z

Each Conversations That Count session will be held 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in the Dining Hall. Please arrive by 6:45 PM for check-in; the program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Katie Rictor | Director of the Fund for Good Counsel
Friday, September 14, 2017

We are passionate about Good Counsel. As members of this community, we are thrilled when our team wins, when the musical is a success, or when records are broken. We gather in prayer and support those who may need some extra care. We are all a part of building Good Counsel's success. This community is like no other and this year will not be like any other year.

Last year, thanks to our generous parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends we made history. Together, we raised over $879,000, the largest annual fundraising amount in school history, through the Fund for Good Counsel. As a community, you came together to provide our Falcons the opportunities to explore their dreams and develop their own passions this year as our faculty and staff inspire them to excel, serve, and love.

Many programs at Good Counsel make our community unique and it is important that you can support those areas that matter the most to you and your family! That is why I am thrilled to introduce The Fund for Good Counsel: Family of Funds. This new model allows you to designate your unrestricted Fund for Good Counsel gift to any of the following priority areas: Arts, Athletics, Service, Faculty Development, Financial Assistance, Endowment, and Area of Greatest Need.

With your support in these seven impact areas, we can look forward to greater growth and more opportunities for our Falcons. At Good Counsel, we are reliant on private fundraising and tuition to fund operations for our school. Very simply, our success happens within the framework of a strong and thriving school community and campus. The Fund for Good Counsel ensures a strong Good Counsel for all of your children. Our goal this year is to raise a total of $885,000 across the seven areas.

We hope you will give because you believe in the mission of Good Counsel. We hope you will give because you are inspired to see today's students transformed into tomorrow's leaders. We hope you'll give because you are passionate about Catholic education. Most of all, we hope you will give because you are proud to be counted among this community and know that it is only in moving together that we can make the greatest impact. We can't do it alone.

Join us in writing the next chapter of Good Counsel's story. To make your gift or learn more about the Family of Funds, visit www.olgchs.org/giving

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