Past Shows

2010-2011 Season Shows

The Children's Hour - September 2010

by Lillian Hellman

Directed by John Henry Steelman

Showdates: September 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 – 2010

The Children’s Hour is a 1934 stage play written by Lillian Hellman. It is a drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women’s careers, relationships and lives.
The play was first staged on Broadway at Maxine Elliott’s Theatre in 1934, where it ran for over two years, and in 1936 was put on at London’s Gate Theatre Studio and Dublin’s Gate Theatre.

Cast (in speaking order)

Peggy Rogers – Athena Nakrosis
Catherine – Emily Lauber
Lois Fisher – Vrenda Soni
Mrs. Lily Mortar – Robyn Bailey-Orchard
Evelyn Munn – Rosa Williamson-Rea
Helen Burton – Hannah Edgar
Rosalie Wells – Rain Johns
Mary Tilford – Frannie Hanna
Karen Wright – Katrina Kayden
Martha Dobie – Rachel Smith
Dr. Joseph Cardin – Dave Cavill
Agatha – Deborah Phillips
Mrs. Amelia Tilford – Peggy Buckley
Grocery Boy – Gregory Harvey

Production Staff

Production Manager – Peggy Buckley
Stage Manager – Sara Steelman
Stage Crew – Jeremiah Fisher, Gregory Harvey
Set Construction – Dave Cavill, Jeremiah Fisher, Katrina Kayden, Bruce Loughry, Athena Nakrosis, John Nakrosis, Laurance Nakrosis, Thomas Nakrosis, Andrew Smith, Rachel Smith, John Henry Steelman, Sara Steelman, Robin Yatsko
Set Painting – Robyn Bailey-Orchard, Peggy Buckley, Athena Nakrosis, Deborah Phillips, Sara Steelman, Laura Thomas
Costumer – Kathy Baker
Costume Assistant – Deborah Phillips
Light & Sound Design – John Henry Steelman
Light & Sound Technician – B. Johns
Posters & Program – Bruce Dries
Window Decoration – Julie Engelmann

The director wishes to thank . . .

The Costume Shop
Phyllis Bailey
Thomas Empfield
Cinda Krouk
Amy Steelman
Ralph White, IUP Intercollegiate Athletics

Special thanks to . . .

Executive House, for loaning several pieces of furniture for the Tilford home.