Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Period 3 & 5: Mock Trial Project

February 19, 2014

Re: Theater Arts II Upcoming Events and Projects
To the Parents/Guardians of Theater II Students:
In our Theater Arts II class, we are about to begin reading the classic drama “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman.  This play opened on Broadway in 1934 to much critical acclaim.  It has been adapted into various films over the years, and has recently been revived in London’s West End, starring Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss.
Ms. Hellman’s work depicts the experiences of two headmistresses of an all-girls’ boarding school as they battle a hateful rumor spread by their pupils.  The play discusses the all too familiar themes of slander, lies, and gossip, and the ways that these spiteful and malicious things can ruin lives.
In reading this play, our class is also going to embark on a mock trial project, which will give these students practical ways in which to use their theater skills in a related profession. 
Should you have any further questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience. 
Meredith Yanchak
Ellison High School