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Beck Teen Theater presents the classic drama ‘The Children’s Hour’

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The Beck Center for the Arts presents “The Children’s Hour” in the Studio Theater, February 21 through March 2, 2014. Show times are 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. There will be a special student matinee performance on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is limited and tickets are on sale now. Due to the sensitive nature of the material, “The Children’s Hour as been rated PG-13.

About The Play

Two women run a school for girls. Suddenly a scandal breaks out as a result of a vicious rumor started by a malicious student. When the rumor’s source is tracked down the young girl refuses to recant it and tragedy results. Later, it is discovered that the gossip was purely invented but by that time the damage is done. This classic play is written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Beck Center’s Associate Director of Theater Education Jonathan Kronenberger.

“Although written in 1934, there are many issues in the play that still exist in today’s world,” remarked Kronenberger. “With bullying and cyberbullying being so prevalent, this piece illustrates that society continues to struggle with these issues along with their repercussions.” Kronenberger has cast 16 dedicated Beck Center students ages 12 to 17 who are up for the challenge in presenting its important message to audiences. “This piece is keeping with our dedication to quality material for our teen actors, as well as mirrors some of the risk-taking modeled by our professional theater.”

The Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theatre is celebrating its 65th season and is considered the longest continuous running youth theater program in the country. “The Children’s Hour” is the third of four productions for this season. The final production will be “The Wizard of Oz”.

Tickets are $10 for Children and $12 for Adults and may be purchased online at beckcenter.org or by calling (216) 521-2540 x10. The Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available. This production of The Children’s Hour is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.The Children’s Hour is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

To celebrate the Youth Theater’s 65th Anniversary Mitchell’s Ice Cream is supplying a “Here’s the Scoop” voucher, valid for a free scoop of ice cream, with each Youth Theater ticket sold this season.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.

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