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Hobson’s Choice

Theatrical Alliance Performs Hobson’s Choice - Sept. 17 and 18

BT’s Theatrical Alliance will be presenting the play Hobson’s Choice, a Lancashire Comedy by Harold Brighouse on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 18 at 3pm.

The play is about an aging bootmaker, in Lancashire, named Hobson, who declares that none of his three daughters will marry and leave the shop. But Maggie, the eldest, has other plans. Her well-woven web involves three husbands, a lawyer, and a hard-line doctor from Scotland. This comedy of characters will make you laugh while it stretches our actors to their limits.

The play’s humor is one of the reasons Allan Dodson, Blessed Trinity’s Drama Director, chose this particular play for the school’s Theatrical Alliance group.

“I saw a movie based on it about thirty years ago, and I’ve always remembered it,” he said. “I also wanted to challenge the actors. This play requires a large degree of subtlety and timing, and it’s character-driven. I think all our actors have grown through this experience.”

Another one of the play’s elements that enticed Dodson was the characters’ unusual accents. “All the actors had to learn a British North Country accent over the summer. It’s been a challenge for all of them, and we’ve spoken in accents throughout the rehearsal process.”

According to Dodson, the student-actors at Blessed Trinity were happy to learn the new accents. “These young actors love a challenge, and they’ve embraced the material and the characters. They always rise to the occasion,” he said.

Tickets are available at the school.