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Exeter Arts this Weekend: 'The Children's Hour,' Music and Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

Scene from The Children's Hour

November 15, 2012

Lillian Hellman's classic play The Children's Hour goes up this weekend with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The play, set in an all-girls boarding school, centers around the tale of a student, Mary Tilford, who falsely reports that the women running the Wright-Dobie School are lesbian lovers. The women – Karen Wright and Martha Dobie – are forced to close the school as parents, hearing the rumor, remove their girls. In the end, Martha tells Karen that she is attracted to her. Karen rebuffs Martha, and tragedy unfolds. 

Originally performed on Broadway in 1934, the play was banned in Boston, Chicago and London. The Children's Hour runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Exeter Social Service Organization hosts a public charity concert to honor the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Phillips Church. The concert features the Exeteras, In Essence and individual student performances. Exonians will read stories and show images from affected family, friends and alumni/ae in New York and New Jersey. Donations are welcome. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Art enthusiasts can enjoy "Hidden Treasures 3: Works by 57 Faculty and Staff of Phillips Exeter Academy" at Lamont Gallery. This show, open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., highlights many art forms including  photographs, paintings, ceramics, drawings, quilting, flower arrangements, collage, woodworking, costume design, architectural models, embroidery, sculpture, clay, stained glass, digital and film works, and jewelry.

Classical music lovers have two student concerts to pick from. Don't miss Friday night's Chamber Music Concert starting at 7:00 p.m. in Forrestal-Bowld Music Center, which highlights student performers in small ensembles. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Phillips Church the Concert Choir, Glee Club and Chamber Orchestra will present a program including Mozart's Haffner Symphony, choral works by Brahms, Togni and Rardin and the Charpentier Midnight Mass for Christmas.

See Exeter's Community Calendar to learn more...

— Nicole Pellaton

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