The Children's Hour

By Lillian Hellman

Directed by Jim Chiolino

Lillian Hellman's first play. To many, her master work. Before social media could ruin people’s lives, there was the simple but effective rumor mill. The Children’s Hour, set in a New England girls’ school in the 1930s, shows the power of a lie when a disgruntled student accuses the school’s founders of being in a lesbian relationship. An angry student runs away from the school. 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 in this 1930s setting.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: March 5-14, 2020

Performance Times:
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions: Wednesday, December 18, & Thursday, December 19 – 6:30– 9:30 each night -- at the Madison Theatre Guild Firehouse – 2410 Monroe Street.

YOUTH AUDITIONS – Wednesday, 12/18. Be prepared to read from the script. Each actor will be asked to read several different roles.

ADULT AUDITIONS – Thursday, 12/19. Be prepared to read from the script.

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON ONE OF THESE TWO DAYS, send an email to the director:

Casting Decisions: Casting decisions will be made as soon as possible. Please be patient. We will contact everyone by phone or e-mail. In addition, the cast list will be posted on the Madison Theatre Guild website and on Facebook shortly after people are notified.

Schedule: Tentatively, the first rehearsal will be Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will generally run Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, at the Madison Theatre Guild Firehouse – 2410 Monroe Street.

For further information, contact the Director, Jim Chiolino.