The Children\u2019s Hour, a drama as relevant today as when it was first performed in 1934, opens tonight \u2014 Thursday, Nov. 9 \u2014 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\u2019s 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, \u201cI had to find a reason to like her. She\u2019s made to be to the person you despise. She is good at getting her way, especially with her grandmother. But she\u2019s a child and she really doesn\u2019t want to be at school. She doesn\u2019t understand the pain she causes or the fatal consequences of the lie she tells.\u201d Mary\u2019s lie targets her teachers, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, played by Eleanor Andresen and Emily Parker. Evan Smolin is Joe Cardin, the town doctor and Karen\u2019s fianc\u00e9. Lucy Basile is Mary\u2019s grandmother, Amelia Tilford, and Annabel Briody is Rosalie, the classmate Mary coerces into corroborating her lie. Nell Walton and Lane Murdock alternate in the role of Lily Mortar, Martha\u2019s aunt. Kyra Linekin is Agatha, the Tilfords\u2019 maid, and Ryan Pratt is a grocery delivery boy. The grocery boy is on stage for what Pratt calls \u201ca short, unpleasant encounter\u201d with Martha, during which \u201chis job is to show what has happened between Act II and Act III. He gives relevance to what is going on in the town. It\u2019s a show-and-tell trick used by the author.\u201d The schoolgirls are played by Evelyn Carr, Ava Cowles, Hannah Jay, Lucy Kubrin, Caroline Malley, Maiki Muursepp, and Juliet Petersen with Callie Amill, Makena Klinkowize, Ana Kowalczyk, and Elena Tittel. The play is directed by RHS performing arts teacher Sherry Cox. Claire McLoughlin is the stage manager working with running crew Matt Carpenter, Shane Jaeger, Michael Kovacs, Ryan Pratt, and Caroline Smith. DJ Ammirato is on lighting, with Julissa Acevedo, Olivia Clausen, Dennis Dowding, Conor Hankla, Emma Jaeger, Jonah Pereyra, and Anna Sorgie. Donata Libonati works the sound board with RJ Carey, Harrison Cluney, and Sophia Smith. Kaitlyn Mitchell does makeup with Olivia Jones, Mallory Shofi and Olivia Wieland. The Children\u2019s Hour will have five evening performances, Nov. 9-11 and 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. The snow date is Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students with school ID and for seniors age 60 and older. Ridgefield seniors who have a Gold Card may attend one show for free, but must have the Gold Card with them for admission. Tickets will be sold at the door until showtime. Online sales at rhsperformingarts.info\/.