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The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour Poster

The Children’s Hour is a popular play written by Lillian Hellman in 1934 which was also made into a film (starting Audrey Hepburn & Shirley MacLaine) in 1961 launching it further into mainstream drama production. Without spoiling too much, but revealing just enough of the story, It is set in a girl’s 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 a disturbing lie about the two headmistresses. The accusation proceeds to destroy the teacher’s careers, relationships and lives.

College Players and Fut in the Hat have chosen to adapt the play in their latest production. They are performing their piece on April 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th at 7:30PM. You can buy tickets online or at the Esplanade for $15. I probably wouldn’t recommend the play for younger children due to the topic matter. I’m glad I could help with the poster design on this project like Helen: A Spartan Love Story previously from the College Players. Unlike Helen though, this time the play is taking place at the Cultural Centre in the Black Box Theatre.


Helen Poster

Helen Poster

I attended the play Helen on Monday, March 30th and on the whole I enjoyed it.

The cast were well versed in their rolls and acted them out to perfection and the set was well put together. The videography was well done and the sound effects were good.

My only quarrels are these:

The play promotes something that seems like a mix of Hollywood and Spartan culture; however, the only time this became apparent really was near the end of the first act, near the end of the intermission, and the start of the second act. During these events, one of the actresses “up and quits” and is replaced by another. Other situations are the main actress being modeled after Marilyn Monroe, and some mannerisms that reflect and parallel the attitudes and actions of present day culture.

These things aside, it was a fun experience to partake in and a welcome change to that of a movie or watching television. It is a different experience entirely to watch something on screen and know how many times it must have taken someone to get the line just right or act their part just right, then sit down to a play, that takes hours, days, or weeks to get down and present that just right for the audience.

It was a great performance, you, the cast and crew of Helen.

Helen Cast - Photo from Facebook

Helen Cast - Photo from Facebook

See the original post for Helen here.
Facebook group (with pictures)


March 27th, 28th and on the 30th the College Players at the Medicine Hat College will be presenting “Helen: A Spartan Love Story”. The show will take place at 7:30PM each night but there will also be a matinee at 10AM on March 31st.

Helen - Email Handout

Helen - Email Handout

Written Description:

“What you might know about Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships” is a ruse. ┬áHelen was in Egypt the whole time the Trojan War was being fought. Helen’s image was used as bait by Aphrodite to lure a foreign prince while Helen biding her time awaiting news about the war being fought over “her”. Helen’s rightful husband, Menelaus, is shipwrecked in Egypt and discovers the reason for his entire expedition to Troy (and it’s destruction) was a false trail. The new Pharaoh doesn’t intend to honor his father’s agreement to keep her safe but plans to force her to marry him instead. Will they escape Egypt in time?”

This stage adaption of Helen: A Spartan Love Story is a look into what might of happened if 20th Century Fox asked Marilyn Monroe to film this project. Be sure to come check out this nostalgic mash-up of Sparta, Troy, Egypt and 1950’s actors and actresses. Thanks to Charleen Wilson for this submission.

Cast
Blair Lukacs, Deborah-lee Balmer, Ian Wearmouth, Bradford Thomson, Heather Midori Pautler, Dara Sutton, Hannah Rud, Mike Coughlan, Kayla McLeod, Whitney Kambeitz, Amber-Dawn Elizabeth Moore, Riley Schentag, Kristen Olson

College Players presents
Helen
A Spartan Love Story
March 27th, 28th and 30th at 7:30 p.m.
March 31st, matinee at 10 a.m.
College Theatre
Tickets $15 + s/c + GST

Facebook group (with pictures)
View Sean’s review of Helen here.


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