Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the “gutting” sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.
The MHS Theater Ensemble will present Gut Girls, a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus.
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to reserve tickets. (After 4 p.m. on November 15, and through Sunday, November 17, please call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets.) General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. The performance is rated PG-13, with adult content and implied violence.
This MHS production features Erica Morales-Armstrong ’20 as Maggie, Emily Carmel ’20 as Polly, Jiho Shin ’21 as Ellen, Keely O’Gorman ’22 as Kate; and Olivia McKeon ’23 as Annie. They are the “gut girls,” plying their trade in less than glamorous conditions. That is, until well-meaning socialite Lady Helena, played by Hannah Holt ’21, pays a visit to the market and is intent on reforming the women.
The production also stars Olivia Doerr ’21 and Halie Swallie ’22 as Priscilla and Arthur, an upper-crust couple. Additionally, Halie performs as Harry, who is the gutting shed foreman, and as Mad Jacko, a music hall performer. The cast also includes Milie Madourie ’21 as Edwin, who is a friend of Lady Helena’s, and as Len, a local Deptford pub owner; Nya Mielke ’21 as Kate’s love interest, Jim, who also works in the gutting shed; Olivia Kick-Nalepa ’22 as Emily, Lady Helena’s maid; Betty Xiao ’20 as Eady, Maggie’s Mom; Linda Le ’21 as Edna, Polly’s Mom; and Lucy Garrison ’23 as Nora, Lady Helena’s downstairs maid.
The show’s ensemble features Kenja Harley ’23, Andrea Fox ’23, Hannah Carmel ’23, and Daisy Feng ’22. The production’s technical crew includes Stage Managers Soleil Laurin ’20 and Annie Lombardi ’20, with costume assistance by Linh Tran ’21. The show is directed by Jennifer Jordan, Director of Theater and Dance at Miss Hall’s School.
Written by Sarah Daniels, Gut Girls premiered in 1988 in London.