The Children’s Hour, a drama as relevant today as when it was first performed in 1934, opens tonight — Thursday, Nov. 9 — at Ridgefield High School at 7:30 in the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium. Additional performances are scheduled for this weekend and next.
At the core of Lillian Hellman’s drama is Mary Tilford, a troubled teen who does not want to be at boarding school and as a means of escape, concocts a lie so destructive that it changes the face of a small New England town. Freshman Beatrice Altopp plays Mary and says that in order to play Mary, “I had to find a reason to like her. She’s made to be to the person you despise. She is good at getting her way, especially with her grandmother. But she’s a child and she really doesn’t want to be at school. She doesn’t understand the pain she causes or the fatal consequences of the lie she tells.”