Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

"The Children's Hour" Brings the 1930s to Life at Manhattanville College

The 1930s come to life at Manhattanville College in the Dance and Theater Department's fall production. With a plot still relevant today, The Children's Hour, written by Lillian Hellman, tells the dramatic story of one lie that will forever change two women's lives.

Directed by Sabra Jones, The Children's Hour runs October 25-27, 2012 at 8 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.; in the Little Theatre, Brownson Hall. Admission for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens is $5. General Admission is $10.

It is an extraordinary thing Lillian Hellman has accomplished in this play, in which every character is strongly motivated for their actions, which are fully justified from their point of view," Jones, actress, director, and founder of the Mirror Repertory Company, said.

Set within an all girls boarding school, The Children's Hours, tells what happens when the two women who run the school are accused of having an affair.

In order to fully understand the intricacies of each character, Jones has the students leave his/her own persona and become the character. She has the students think outside of the box to make the performance memorable and have an impact.

"These actions evoke personal reflection from the viewers and the cast, actions that are analyzed and not simply overlooked," Becca Dooley '14 said. "The craft they teach us here at Manhattanville is more than just learning to act, it is learning to be, become, and then do."

Senior Samantha Grimm has been in multiple productions at Manhattanville, however, as one of the leads in The Children's Hour, she believes she is finishing her senior year with one of her strongest performances.

"Working on The Children's Hour has been an incredibly enlightening experience unlike any I've encountered at Manhattanville," Grimm '13 said. "The Dance and Theater Department has always encouraged me to follow my passion and has reminded me why acting is such a beautiful art."