To Kill a Mockingbird
With themes as relevant today as they were 80 years ago, the American masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the power of fearing the unknown, along with childhood innocence and love. Racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama in the summer of 1935. Nevertheless, young Jean Louise Finch, or Scout - as she is called - manages to live a rather carefree, privileged existence, insulated from the issues of race. All of that changes when Scout watches her father, Atticus Finch, defend an innocent man, Tom Robinson, against a
potential death sentence, which looms threateningly against him because of racial prejudices. Scout begins to realize that just because society portrays something as being true, doesn't mean that it is actually fact. With the help of Atticus, and her older brother Jem, Scout learns that growing up often means doing what is right, even when it comes at a great cost.
"...complete with the thorns of our nation's still-intractable problems of racism pricking at our consciences."
- Chicago Tribune
We have prepared a study guide for To Kill a Mockingbird which will enhance the theatre going experience for students of all ages.
Jean Louise Finch - MARY TEUTSCH +
Scout - SARA VERDUZCO +
Jem - HAYDEN LANE-DAVIES +
Atticus - DAVID NOYES
Calpurnia - BRI SMITH
Maudie Atkinson - PATRICIA TERWILLIGER +
Stephanie Crawford - DIXIE EDWARDS +
Mrs. Dubose - ALLISON L. CROCKETT +
Nathan Radley - CODY HODGES +
Arthur Radley (Boo) - KEVIN KING * +
Dill - TAYE BRADFORD +
Heck Tate - KEVIN OBERTHALER +
Judge Taylor - BOB TERWILLIGER +
Reverend Sykes - BRANDON NEWSON *
Mayella Ewell - STEFANI BISHOP
Bob Ewell - RON DUNDON +
Walter Cunningham - LARS LOOFBORO
Mr. Gilmer - TROY THRASH * +
Tom Robinson - ROB BRADFORD +
Assistant Stage Manager/Light Board - SARAH MOUNT
Assistant Stage Manager/Sound Board - SIERRA HOSS
Assistant Stage Manager/Floor-Fly Crew - DJ BRANNAN
* Denotes Civic Debut | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Friday, February 17th at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 19th at 2:00pm
Friday, February 24th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 26th at 2:00pm
Friday, March 3rd at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm
This American Classic is a moving and powerful coming of age story and deeply addresses the effects of racism and fearing the unknown. To Kill a Mockingbird contains mild staged violence and the occasional use of racial slurs, used to show the volatile social conditions that led to the conviction of an innocent man due to racism. This is an honest and poignant story about the value of empathy and understanding, and may be best suited to older elementary middle, and high school students who are prepared for the emotional nature of the play.
This production may use live gun fire, water based haze and strobe lights.
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (including one 15 minute intermission)
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Fred Western