A 1934 stage play will be brought to life this weekend by Stamford High School’s Drama Club. The Strawberry Hill Players will hold their debut performance for The Children’s Hour this Friday, and despite the name, the plot is anything but child’s play.
“It’s two women, they decide to run a school house together,” says Brianna Bellavia , member of The Strawberry Hill Players. “And they start it up and it’s an all girls boarding school, and there’s one student there named Mary who runs away to her grandmother’s house; she’s a brat, she causes lots of trouble there. And she doesn’t want to get sent back to school so she decides to come up with a lie and tell her grandmother that the two women are lesbian lovers.”
The drama unfolds as the accusation proceeds to destroy the women’s lives. Bellavia says the play’s topic made it the perfect springboard for something bigger. The Children’s Hour will be more than just a performance, she says; It will be a message to the Stamford High community.
“We’ve gotten flyers that we’re going to post in all the classrooms that say ‘this classroom is an environment where hateful language and actions won’t be tolerated’ and we’re getting pledge cards for people to sign that say that they will abstain from the use of hateful language and action,” Bellavia says. “This is the first time we’re actually going out there and doing more than just a show. I feel like this is a big issue nowadays; gay rights. So this is just something, especially in the drama community, it’s something close to home that we felt that we needed to say something.”
The Children’s Hour will be presented at 8 p.m. in the Stamford High School auditorium on the following dates: March 7, 8, 14, 15.