The MHS Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of Decision Height, a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II.
The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Please call (413) 395-7108 to reserve tickets. After 4 p.m. on November 9, and through Sunday November 11, please call (413) 395-7023 to reserve tickets.
Decision Height tells the story of Virginia Hascall, who has left her home and fiancée to join the female pilots whose noncombat service during World War II helped the Allies defeat the Axis powers. As Virginia contemplates a life-altering decision, she and her fellow trainees overcome their initial discomfort with each other to form a sisterhood and, ultimately, discover what it means to be a woman in the military and their essential role in wartime. Written by Meredith Dayna Levy, Decision Height received the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play Award and premiered in January 2014.
This MHS production stars Hannah Holt ’21 as Virginia Hascall and, as fellow WASP trainees and pilots, Erica Morales-Armstrong ’20 as Edith “Eddie Harknell,” Ainsley Schuth ’19 as Norma Jean Harris, Emily Carmel ’20 as Rosalie Harston, Jasmine Briggs ’19 as Alice Hawkins; and Keely O’Gorman ’22 as Carol Henderson.
The cast also includes Trudy Fadding ’19 as Mrs. Deaton, the trainees’ “den mother;” Betty Xiao ’20 as flight instructor Ziggie Lewis; and Chelsea Li ’21 as trainee Mildred Simmons. Additionally, the show’s ensemble features Rose Battista ’19, Bella D’Aniello ’22, Soleil Laurin ’20, Linda Le ’21, Halie Swallie ’22, and Ivy Zhou ’22.
The production’s technical crew includes Stage Managers Ingrid O’Dell ’19 and Faia Kronick ’19; Costume Assistants Matilda Tran ’20, Lilian Jiang ’21, and Meriel Nguyen ’20; and Props Assistants Mere Hall ’20 and Milie Madourie ’22. The show is directed by Jennifer Jordan, Director of Theater and Dance at Miss Hall’s School.
A reminder:Please click here or call (413) 395-7108 to reserve tickets. After 4 p.m. on November 9, and through Sunday November 11, please call (413) 395-7023 to reserve tickets. Patrons are also reminded that reserved tickets not claimed by 15 minutes prior to the show will be released for purchase.