Meet the students and staff of the Wright and Dobie School for Girls in Town & Country Players’ October thriller, “The Children’s Hour.”
Based on a true story, Lillian Hellman’s 1934 debut drama “The Children’s Hour” tells the story of the power of one vengeful lie told by schoolgirl Mary Tilford, played by Makayla McClintic, and its impact on her teachers Karen Wright, played by Caitlin Riley, and Martha Dobie, played by Danielle Foley.
Before bullying had a name, Hellman painted a carefully crafted picture of the dangers that can arise when the mean spirit of one person can create a ripple effect that rapidly turns into an emotional tidal wave with disastrous consequences. She also demonstrates that this is not just the realm of children, but that adults can fall victim just as easily.
Director Rob Rosiello was drawn to the show because of its timeless message about the impacts of bullying and finds it especially relevant today with the additional challenges of social media. He hopes that the show will spawn questions and conversations among the audience, and to that end T&C is offering talk-back sessions moderated by Sarah LeClair after both Sunday matinee performances.
Town and Country Players is on Route 263 in Buckingham. The show runs weekends from Oct. 12 through 27. Tickets can be ordered at townandcountryplayers.org or 800-838-3006. The show contains content which may not be suitable for all ages.