Plans for spring musical, PatrioTHON, underclassman retreats announced

COVID-19 will not stop traditional Archbishop Carroll spring events. The spring musical, PatrioTHON, and underclassman retreats will happen this year.

Last year, PatrioTHON happened just before the school building had to close because of the pandemic. Typically an event that happens in March, PatrioTHON will happen on May 7 this year. PatrioTHON was pushed back from late winter to mid-spring so it can be held outside, according to Mrs. Allison Papantoniou, the assistant principal for student affairs. In fact, if the weather is unfavorable for an outside event on May 7, it will be pushed back again, Mrs. Papantoniou said in an announcement today.

PatrioTHON raises money for three charities: Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Part of the raised funds come from students buying tickets to participate. Because of social distancing concerns, a limited number of tickets will be sold this year. However, Mrs. Papantoniou said the ticket limit is large enough that it is likely all who want to buy tickets will be able to do so.

Although PatrioTHON was able to happen last year, the spring musical was a COVID casualty. The fall musical also did not happen, although the school hosted a Fall Festival during which students who would have participated in the musical were able to perform. This year the spring musical will happen.  The Little Shop of Horrors will take over the auditorium stage on April 24, 25, 29, and 30 and May 1 and 2.

An additional performance of The Little Shop of Horrors will be a matinee performed April 28. Only freshmen will be invited to the afternoon event. The musical will be staged after the freshman retreat, which will happen the morning of April 28.

Sophomores also will go on retreat — on May 12.