Our next production at Lionheart Theatre will be The Children’s Hour, a Lillian Hellman original, directed by our very own Allan Dodson. We could not be more excited about getting this production underway, and opening night is just around the corner! If you are interested in seeing one of the latest shows in Norcross, then here is everything you need to know about The Children’s Hour.
About The Children’s Hour
Our latest Lionheart production tells the tale of two women who run an all-girls school. It’s set in the 1930’s, making things particularly scandalous when a rumor about the women’s love affair breaks out. The malicious child who started the rumor effectively turns the lives of the women upsidedown.
Lillian Hellman, writer of The Children’s Hour, lived from 1905 to 1984, making her writings controversial for her time. Hellman led quite an exciting lifestyle. She was known for her eclectic personality, as she was not afraid to meet strangers and take on new challenges. Allan Dodson, our production director, states: “We should all be so willing to interact with people who do not necessarily share our opinions,” when asked what he thought of Hellman’s lifestyle and writing.
Despite its name, The Children’s Hour is not a play necessarily written for a younger audience. Dodson believes that the themes in the play are too adult for children, and that they would not gain the same experience that an older audience will from the show.
A Word with the Director
We had the opportunity to chat with our director about The Children’s Hour. Dodson offered his opinion on the deeper meaning of the production: “I hope audiences will leave The Children's Hour with a lot to think about. In a large sense, the play is about love: who we love and for what reasons.”
Dodson also notes that the story is “timely.” He believes that the themes in the production will allow for audiences to reflect on today’s society. Particularly the ways in which we use the Internet to spread gossip, among other hurtful social media-based practices.
As far as the cast is concerned, Dodson has been very pleased with the actors’ desire to better understand elements of Hellman’s writing. He states: “The Children's Hour is an actor's play, and we have great actors in our cast. Exploring these complex characters with them is an absolute delight.”
Shows in Norcross: Dates and Times
If you are interested in seeing The Children’s Hour at Lionheart, then you can purchase tickets through our website! The show dates and times are as follows:
May 5 through May 21
Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m.
Please be reminded the theatre opens 30 minutes before each showing, and that doors close when the curtains draw. If you are late, you will not be able to enter before intermission. So show up early and mingle with your friends and neighbors! Dessert is also offered after each show, so that you have the chance to hang with the cast of The Children’s Hour. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about upcoming shows in Norcross. We can’t wait to see you there!