Student Ellen Hood to Direct "The Philadelphia Story"

Ellen Hood, a Bethel University senior from Anderson, Ala., will direct the Academic Theatre Production, “The Philadelphia Story,” which is scheduled for Feb. 10-11 in Bouldin Auditorium of the Dickey Fine Arts Building.
     A theatre major, Hood plans to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in acting or directing. Her credits include playing: Mandy in “God’s Favorite;” Miss Willie in “The Curious Savage;” Anne in “Cheaper by the Dozen;” Miss Prisim in “The Importance of Being Earnest;” and Granny in ‘Into the Woods.” This is Hood’s directorial debut.
     “The Philadelphia Story” is a 1939 American comic play by Philip Barry. It tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive journalist.
     The main character, Tracy Lord, was inspired by Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, a Philadelphia socialite known for her hijinks who married a friend of Barry’s. Barry wrote “The Philadelphia Story” specifically for actress Katharine Hepburn, who ended up backing the play, which was a great Broadway success. The successful play was Hepburn’s first great triumph after several movie flops, which had led to movie theater owners including her on a list of actors viewed as “box office poison.” “The Philadelphia Story” was eventually made into a movie starring Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart.
     Bethel’s Academic Theatre production of “The Philadelphia Story” will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10-11. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 each. Bethel faculty, staff and students get in free with a Bethel I.D.
     For more information contact Marion Graham, director of Bethel’s Academic Theatre, at or at 731-352-4056.