REHEARSALS:

Tuesdays 3:45-6:15pm

All Rehearsals will be held weekly at the AAT Studio (325 Washington Street).

(Some weeks, actors will be held the entire time, other weeks not - as schedule will be published).

 

Preliminary Schedule:

9/28: AUDITIONS

10/5: ALL CAST Read through

10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, & 12/7

<no rehearsal 12/14 through 1/3>

1/4, 1/6, 1/11, 1/13, 1/18 & 1/20

*Adding Thursday Rehearsals since this is a 3 Act Play*

 

1/24-1/27: ALL CAST TECH WEEK 

1/28 & 1/29: PERFORMANCES

Directed by Kyle Vasquez

3 Act Play

 

AGE RANGE: 

Suitable for 12 to 17 year olds

*please reach out if you have a vaccinated 11 year old so we can discuss their participation.

 

COST: $395.00 per performer

 

REQUIREMENTS:

* must fulfill age requirement

* must show proof of vaccination

* must wear a mask when indoors

 

For more information on our COVID Health & Safety Plan.

SYNOPSIS

Set in a fictional New England town in the 1930s, The Children’s Hour tells the story of two women who are unjustly accused of homosexual activity by one of their students: one Mary Tilford. The outraged community (prompted by the influential Amelia Tilford, an upstanding member of Lancet--who also happens to be the indulgent grandmother of Mary) quickly withdraws all of their students, causing a witch hunt that ultimately forces the school to close. Not to be beaten, Martha and Karen take the accusations to court in a libel suit and lose-- despite the defense having no real foundation for a case (with the exception of Mary’s testimony). Their lives quickly unravel as they become social pariahs. After months of trying to clear their names, Martha realizes that she did in fact have romantic feelings for Karen, and eventually the guilt and despair cause her to commit suicide. At its premiere, Hellman’s The Children’s Hour was a controversial piece that caused the author to be blacklisted from Hollywood. Today, it remains a haunting reminder of the horrors of intolerance.

 

DETAILS: The production is suitable for audience members over the age of 12, and includes discussion of distressing themes such as self-harm and school violence.

CHARACTERS

  • Mary Tilford: A spoiled, malicious and bullying 14 year old schoolgirl, she is clever, manipulative and used to getting her way.
  • Amelia Tilford: An influential, dignified and wealthy older woman, Mary's doting grandmother.
  • Martha Dobie: An intense woman, 28 years old teacher, she is nervous and high strung and is far less composed and self assured than Karen.
  • Karen Wright: An attractive, warm and outgoing 28 year old teacher, she is admired and respected by her students, emotionally stable and at ease with herself and others.
  • Dr. Joe Cardin: A relaxed and amiable doctor of about 35 and Karen Wright's fiancé, warm, easy-going nature.
  • Lily Mortar: Martha's aunt and a teacher at the school, she is self-centered, vain and very susceptible to flattery.
  • Agatha: A no-nonsense, middle-aged maid employed by Amelia Tilford. Stern and straight laced.
  • Rosalie Wells: A 14 year old student, unlike others at the school she is now cowed by Mary Tilford, whom she does not like.

 

Minor Characters:

  • Grocery Boy

Other students at the school:

  • Helen Burton: 12-14
  • Catherine: 12-14
  • Lois Fisher: 12-14
  • Evelyn Munn: 12-14
  • Peggy Rogers: 12-14