Mary Anne Cecil plays Mrs. Amelia Tilford in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, the third production in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.
The show runs Friday, January 16 through Saturday, January 31 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com.
Question: Who is Mrs. Amelia Tilford? What is she like?
Mary Anne Cecil: Mrs. Amelia Tilford is Mary Tilford's grandmother. She is a pillar of the community and people listen to her. She is very pompous, proud, old-fashioned and staid. She is aghast and shocked when she hears about the news from the school, and she must fix it.
Q: Why did you audition for The Children's Hour?
M.A.C.: Like the role of Mia in Still Kicking, this role is out of my comfort zone. When we first rehearsed the scene in which the girls confront Mrs. Tilford, I needed hugs from everyone afterward because I felt so attacked.
Q: What will an audience take away from The Children's Hour?
M.A.C.: Acceptance of other people. What you don't know or what isn't like you isn't necessarily wrong.
Q: Are there any situations in which lying is justified?
M.A.C.: In the Bible, it says "sin is sin." However, I think when you're protecting someone – a child or an older adult – it's okay because you're looking after their best interests.
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