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Lancer Spotlight: Damon Norko brings plays to a virtual platform

Damon Norko has been working in his studio to make My Brother, the God Particle come to life. He has hosted over 40 recording sessions at his studio.
Creating a radio play is the "silver lining" to the pandemic.
October 16, 2020

COVID-19 has caused Broadway to go dark and virtually all plays to stop production. During this time when the only drama is the lack of drama, English teacher Damon Norko is bringing theater back to a...

Students explore creative opportunities and make cards during Writer’s Week

English teachers Mary Troxel and Natalie Rebetsky make cards for the elderly.
November 26, 2019

The second annual Writer's Week, held November 11-14, brought students from all classes together to participate in a variety of writing and English-related activities. Organized by Linganore's chapter...

Norko and Lake take the summer stage in one-act plays

Daniel Lake and Cassidee Grunwald chat in the dressing room before the production of
July 20, 2019

The Watermelon One-Act Festival had some special contestants. Damon Norko, Daniel Lake, and members of the class of 2018 performed in the festival. Norko directed two entries, called "Foodies" and "Free...

Auditions! It’s almost time for the Almost Maine: Photo of the day 9/13/18

Drama students clown around before the auditions.
September 13, 2018

On September 13 auditions for the fall play took place. Almost Maine is a two act romantic comedy written by John Cariani, which deals with the relationships  between the citizens of the not so organized...

Creative writing class could be more than an elective

Creative writing class could be more than an elective
January 23, 2018

Plenty of creativity and great writers can come from a creative writing class. At least one creative writing class should be offered in Linganore High School.  Every single FCPS high school has a creative...

Talking tech with the Addams Family

Allison Eckloff, Angela Smithhisler and Martha Madrid run cues for the show.
April 6, 2017

While the singers, dancers and actors have been working hard to put the story of the Addams Family together for the 12 weeks 40 technical team members have been working hard on making the show look good....

Learning and leading in the Addams Family

The Ancestors, Elise Fenstermacher, Presley Dougherty, Alyssa Chiarelli, Rowan Gallagher,  Sarah Bennett and Christian Howard, wait for direction from Samantha Buntman.
April 6, 2017

On April 6th the theater department will be putting on the acclaimed musical,  Addams Family. In charge of a cast of 25  actors has been Mrs. Angela Smithhisler, Mr. Damon Norko and student-director...

The Nightmare Zone: Drama’s fall production gives audiences thrills and chills

Class of 2017 members Garrett Wiehler and Elise Fenstermacher perform a scene from The Actor's Nightmare
October 20, 2016

Instead of one fall play, the drama department this year will be producing three short one-act shows, each running about  half an hour. These one-acts include The Lottery, Mind Games, and The Actor's...

Norko book signing at Barnes and Noble raises money for literary magazine

Norko book signing at Barnes and Noble raises money for literary magazine
January 13, 2016

The pen is mightier than the sword. Mr. Damon Norko released his latest novel The Ghost Writer on November 5th 2015. This is one of the many stories he has published.  Norko was featured in the January's...

Advanced acting performs Norko’s sci fi play

Damon Norko has a copy of the book he impersonated Edgar Allan Poe in his room.
March 21, 2014

Damon Norko has been teaching English at Linganore for seven years, but his secret love is writing. One of his plays, called My Brother, the God Particle, was performed by Mr. Julian Lazarus’ advance...

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