ON OUR STAGE

To Kill a Mockingbird

Dramatized by Christopher Sergel

From the book by Harper Lee

September 21**, 22, 23, 24*, 28**, 29, 30*, 30

Oct. 1*, 2017

Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and brother, Jem, are being raised by their widower father, Atticus, and by their strong-minded housekeeper named Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town but, from the start, there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. Set in 1935, this play illustrates the social issues of this time period as the black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father. In her youthful innocence, she does not know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn't understand this either. Unpleasant things are shouted and the bewildered girl turns to her father. Atticus, a lawyer, explains that he is defending a young negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he is doing it. "Because if I didn't," her father replies, "I couldn't hold my head up." When she asks why Atticus would take on such a hopeless fight, he replies, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason not to try." He goes on to prepare Scout for the trouble to come. "We're fighting our friends. But remember this—no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends." Things do get bitter, leading up to drastic measures as Atticus props himself in a chair against the cell door of the man he's defending to confront an angry mob. Horrified, Scout projects herself into this confrontation and her inconvenient presence helps bring back a little sanity. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, "Stand up. Your father's passing!" This dramatization of the touching classic tale is a meaningful work of art.

The talented cast includes Gary Webber, Chelsae Baxley, Caitlyn Fennell, Caleb Fennell, Christian Douglas, Ruth Charlene Davis, Charles Walker, Mark S. Wright, David H. Horne, Tiffany Herndon, Ronald K. Haynes, PJ Baker, Anthony Hodge, Heather Eggleston, Shannon Shaw, Sandy Spurney, Jordan Born, Sofia Ferraro, and Gary Moore under the direction of Joe Kemper

All performances 8:00pm, except:  *Matinee performance 2:00pm | **Evening performances 7:30pm

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Meet the cast:

Gary Webber

as Atticus Finch

Chelsea Baxley

as Jean Louise

Caitlyn Fennell

as Scout

Caleb Fennell

as Jem

Christian Douglas

as Dill

Ruth Charlene Davis

as Calpurnia

Charles Walker

as Tom Robinson

Mark S. Wright

as Judge Taylor

David H. Horne

as Walter Cunningham

Tiffany Herndon

as Helen Robinson

Ronald K. Haynes

as Reverend Sykes

PJ Baker

as Boo Radley

Anthony Hodge

as Bob Ewell

Heather Eggleston

as Stephanie Crawford

Shannon Shaw

as Maudie Atkinson

Sandy Spurney

as Mrs. Dubose

Jordan Born

as Heck Tate

Sofia Ferraro

as Mayella Ewell

Gary Moore

as Mr. Gilmer

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