Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg, 107 Cliff Park Road.
The senior production is directed by Martha Sawicki, class of 2011 from Buffalo, NY. It is the first full play to be presented in Wittenberg’s new student theatre in the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg. First performed on Broadway in 1934, the drama tells the story of two all-girls boarding school headmistresses accused by an irritated student of having a lesbian affair, and how the accusation impacts everyone around them.
“I feel like theatre is a sometimes forgotten or overlooked art form that can really work wonders towards addressing difficult issues,” Sawicki said. “Especially with all the things that are going on right now regarding discrimination and prejudice on a national level, I felt like this show could get people thinking and would open the doors to conversation for some.”
Cast members include Anna Wagner, class of 2014 from Huber Heights, Ohio, as Mary Tilford; Colleen Huey, class of 2014 from West Mansfield, Ohio, as Karen Wright; Sasha Weinsz, class of 2013 from North Canton, Ohio, as Martha Dobie; Anne Wells, class of 2014 from Copley, Ohio, as Mrs. Lily Mortar and Agatha; Maureen Esty, class of 2014 from Brookville, Md., as Ms. Amelia Tilford; Jess Byers, class of 2014 from Northfield, Ohio, as Rosalie Wells; Martin Lukk, class of 2014 from Tbilisi, Georgia, as Dr. Joseph Cardin; Michele Druga, class of 2013 from Amherst, Ohio, as Peggy Rogers; Megan Conkle, class of 2014 from Uniontown, Ohio, as Catherine; Meghann Greene, class of 2013 from North Royalton, Ohio, as Helen Burton; and Dan Tuke, class of 2014 from Rochester, N.Y., as a grocery boy.
Students working behind the scenes include Kirsten Stricker, class of 2014 from Helena, Ohio, as stage manager; Ariel Andrews, class of 2011 from Ostrander, Ohio, as backstage manager; and Kate Causbie, class of 2014, from Edmonds, Wash., as house manager. Other members of the production crew include Lily Todd, freshman student at Miami Valley High School in Dayton; Angela Roll, class of 2014 from Dublin, Ohio; Lisa Tickle, class of 2011 from Westerville, Ohio; Alec Van Dyke, class of 2014 from Heath, Ohio; Manas Mudari, class of 2012 from Kathmandu, Nepal; Kaitlin Beavers, class of 2011 from Columbus, Ohio; and Eric Werner, class of 2013 from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tickets are free.
Written By: Samantha Kimm ’11