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The action of the play takes place in the course of twenty-four hours at Seth Lord's house in the country near Philadelphia. The time is late June in the late 1930s, and the scenes are as follows:

Act ONE: The sitting room. Late morning, Friday.

Act Two: SCENE I: The porch. Late evening, Friday.
SCENE 2: The porch. Early morning, Saturday.

Act THREE: The sitting room. Late morning, Saturday.

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The Masque


Theatre and Performance Studies


Producer's Corner
Amy L. Nickerson and Kate Pendola

The Masque's 2006-2007 season seems to be one of classic proportions - we brought you the darker classic Jekyll & Hyde in the fall, and now for our spring production we're changing the tone a little and bringing you Philip Barry's light and witty classic, The Philadelphia Story.

Such a show presented challenges to both the cast and technical crew. This production requires perfect comedic timing and challenged our actors to play off one another without hesitation. In addition, a few of the roles in this show were made famous in the movie and movie musical versions by such big names as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn.Jimmy Stewart, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Those are pretty tough acts to follow, but as usual, our talented cast has shown they can do anything they set their minds to. Meanwhile, our technical crew was challenged to create "Fashionable Philadelphia" in the posh setting of the Lord family's home. The crew's hard work and attention to detail has obviously proven successful as well.

To guide us in this endeavor, we invited back Celeste Walker for yet another show with The Masque. As a director she holds a great flair for comedy as we saw with last year's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]. Her love of Philip Barry's works and her knowledge of the time period were also key to this production. And now, we're delighted to present our spring production for two full weekend~, allowing for the enjoyment of our cast, crew, and you, our audience.

We hope you'll agree - My! This show is yare!

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The Philadelphia Story