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March 30, 2012
The secret life of a schoolmistress at historic Zion Schoolhouse
Opening to acclaim in November 2011, "The Secret Life of a Schoolmistress" is back for a return show from March 29 to April 1. This powerful and evocative theatre-in-situ performance takes the audience back to class in an authentic, one- room schoolhouse.

The play features Adrianna Prosser, who also wrote, directed and performed in the Gibson House Museum sold-out plays "Pratties and Point" and "Rebellious Women", is joined by Zion Schoolhouse's historical interpreter Maggie Newell. The two lead a creative team in a story based on the real experiences of Canadian school mistresses.

Prosser transports audiences to the last class of schoolmistress Hattie Dickson as she recounts her life of teaching and says farewell to the schoolroom. Hattie reflects on the challenge of serving as one of society's leading role models in the early 1900s. Hear about her triumphs, failures and the secrets she kept hidden from everyone.

Evening performances will take place on Thursday March 29, Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31 at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, April 1, a matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $22 per person (including tax). Advanced tickets recommended. Limited seating is available. Please call 416-395-7432 to purchase tickets.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse, originally built in 1869, has been restored to the 1910 period to reflect how a schoolhouse was at the beginning of the last century. Historic Zion Schoolhouse is one of eight historic museums operated by the City of Toronto and is located at 1091 Finch Ave. E., east of Leslie Street. More information is available at

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