The Children's Theatre, Inc. will bring H.G. Wells' classic novel "The Time Machine" to life at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10.
It's the early 20th century and the English inventor Filby has created a time machine. Filby invites a few scientists to his home to tell them of his latest invention. When Filby puts his invention to the test, he finds himself in the future with his cook, Mrs. Watchett. The year is 802,701. Filby and Watchett make a fun and interesting pair in the future. They come across Eloi and the Morlocks, two races that have survived well into the future.
Filby and Watchett learn the Eloi are frail race who live above ground, while the Morlock are ape-like creatures with severely impaired vision that dwell underground.
While in 802,701, Filby learns why the Morlocks and Eloi are survivors of a nuclear war that occurred in the 20th century.
After spending time in the future, Filby decides to travel back to the 20th century, but realizes his time machine is stolen. Light years away from home, Filby and Watchett must figure out how to travel back to the past.
While the "The Time Machine" has been adapted into multiple films, director Carol-Ann Harding says it's also very popular as a play in middle schools. The play is a treat to Harding for many reasons. One is that it features a decent-sized cast of 20, which means there's lots of opportunities for kids to showcase their talents. Another highlight is the production includes Harding's three children: Max (as Filby), Amanda (as Watchett) and Giovanni (as Morlock #1). Furthermore, "The Time Machine" marks Harding's solo debut as a director. Harding's experience working with the cast has been a blast.
"It's been great," said Harding, of Middletown, "especially since I'm working with so many new children."
Approximately half the cast is new. One of the new faces is 12-year-old Miyona Mosley, of Dover, who's playing the role of Second Tape, an android that explains background information about the Elio to Filby. On the same accord as Harding, Mosely is very happy to be involved with "The Time Machine."
"It's really fun," Mosley said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "The Time Machine"
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9; 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10
WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
COST $10 for adults; $8 for children
INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-3583