In a delightful blend of fact and fiction, Alyene Porter recalls the days at Miss Lilly's theatrical school and re-enacts her last year as a student there. Larchmount School encompassed a whole universe for its residents. The art of theatre, the realm of make-believe took on a more vital reality than everyday life. How Miss Lilly imbued each of her students with a desire to overreach his limitations and develop his special talent, how her particular method transcended technique and how each of Larchmont's productions came into being are recaptured in a series of warm simple episodes written from a distance of years and a wise and loving perspective. Miss Lilly's style of encouragement varies with each of her students and her silences were often as meaningful as her verbal advice. Though ""rain, mist and fog with bright intervals"" is an apt description of the ""climate"" of Larchmont, each student came away with an intangible taken of his days there. Teenagers with an interest in any of the arts will appreciate this sympathetic picture of the artist-teacher and her serious young charges. Extremely well written.