HALLOWELL — The Gaslight Theater’s first show of 2017, “The Chalk Garden” by Enid Bagnold opens Friday, March 3, and runs March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

Family drama and wit meet in this exploration of the secret world of childhood through the prism of a dyed-in-the-wool dowager, her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter, and the enigmatic new governess.

Mrs. St. Maugham lives in her country house in a village in Sussex, where the garden is composed of lime and chalk. She is taking care of her teenage grandchild, Laurel, who has been setting fires. Miss Madrigal, an expert gardener, is hired as a governess, despite her lack of references. The valet, Maitland, has just been released from a five-year sentence in prison. Olivia, Laurel’s mother, who has remarried, arrives for a visit. When the Judge comes to the house for lunch, he reveals that he had sentenced Miss Madrigal to jail for murder.

Tickets cost $12 for adults or $10 for students/seniors.

For tickets or more information, call 626-3698 or visit www.gaslighttheater.org.

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