Langley High School Theatre Department to Present THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, 4/3-5

Langley High School Theatre Department to Present THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, 4/3-5

The award-winning Langley High School theatre department will present its spring production, Lillian Hellman's 1934 play, The Children's Hour. Based on a true story and set in a private girls' boarding school in New England, The Children's Hour chronicles the lives of the school's two young, ambitious owners, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. When their disciplinary actions against troublesome student, Mary Tilford, upset her, the bratty child runs away to her influential grandmother. Constructing a lie that Karen and Martha were seen having an affair, Mary's action soon becomes more than just a simple fib, causing parents to withdraw their children from the school and the owners to question what went wrong as the women's lives are shattered.

A gripping tale about the power of gossip and slander, the timeless play explores the role of deception and the manipulation of mass psychology in order to serve falsehood. It is the power of the lie, of a child's tenacious unwillingness to speak the truth even when it means the ruin of several lives, that accounts for the dramatic poignancy of the play.

The play's cast includes seniors Madeleine Chalk, Kathleen Welch, Vanessa Strahan, Rachel Mayman, Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf, and Jake Hunter. Also starring are Nick Regan, John Bucy, Vivian Vaeth, Lily Brock, Bridget Fitzgerald, Sydney Copp, Andal Paul, Mary Margaret Chalk, Hannah Champness, Cathy Park, Hannah Fletcher, and Josh Hayden.

Performances are at the Langley High School auditorium, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA on April 3rd and 4th at 7pm and April 5th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $10 online at or at the door. Mature content may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The successful Saxon Stage organization is coming off the heels of a 1st place win at the Liberty Conference and 3rd place finish at the Region 6A North VHSL one act tournaments. Its fall production, Little Women, the Musical garnered much acclaim from community members, parents, faculty, and students.

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