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Stage 284 presents To Kill a Mockingbird, the critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Harper Lee. Performances will be held at The Community House in South Hamilton, Massachusetts from January 19 to 27. Come and join Scout in Maycomb, Alabama where she witnessed the compelling trial of 1935.
To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee in 1960. This powerful story follows the journeys of young Jean Louise Finch (nicknamed Scout), her brother Jem, and their new friend Dill. Atticus Finch, their father, is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man on trial for a supposed crime. The trial is the novel’s most well-known scene as we learn about adversity, truth, courage, and compassion.
Bobby Kerrigan immediately jumped at the opportunity to direct one of his most beloved novels. Kerrigan has enjoyed working with new and old cast members, making actors feel comfortable in the relationships being portrayed, while striving to highlight the commonalities and challenges faced in the world.
Developing a distinguishable set between Maycomb, Alabama and the courtroom has been somewhat of a challenge to portray. A set of platforms has been developed and also many unique lighting effects to portray a different setting.
It takes a village to put a show to its feet. To aid Kerrigan in his duty, Susan Parker plays an important role as the stage manager. “Typically, a stage manager takes over the production once it goes up,” Parker explains. “It is my responsibility to make sure the cast has the rehearsal and performance schedules and what is expected of them.”
Actors from all around the North Shore, and even near Boston areas, have been enjoying their time developing the story and even making new friendships. While some have acted before, To Kill a Mockingbird is the first dramatic role for others.
Lucine Revette and Ruby Poulo share the role of Scout Finch. Although a challenge to memorize lines, both girls have learned how important it is to understand a person by standing in their shoes. An adult Scout beautifully narrates her own journey as she looks back at the memories, learning what her father’s words truly mean.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a dialogue-driven show. Ensemble members add realism. “If only one main character were in the show, Maycomb wouldn’t be a believable town,” explains ensemble member Amanda Maddox. “You don’t have any lines to convey your thoughts and feelings, but it is fun to express yourself without speaking.”
In the riveting role as Tom Robinson, George W. Hooker IV’s one challenge has been to create a unique Tom Robinson who subconsciously teaches how segregation is as much a thoughtful comment on race relations in America in 2019 as it was published back in 1960.
Jennifer Estabrooks, who performs the role of Miss Maudie Atkinson, comments, “Though the book was written nearly 60 years ago, To Kill a Mockingbird still has resounding themes that are still relevant to today’s audiences. In the words of Miss Maudie Atkinson, ‘We’re making a step—it’s just a baby step—but it’s a step.’"
Audience members are sure to experience a commemorating performance and interpretation. Together, we can take a step forward towards justice, empathy, kindness, and understand other people’s struggles if you consider things from their point of view.
Show dates are as followed:
- Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM
- Monday, January 21 at 3:00 PM
- Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 PM
- Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 PM
General seating is $18 and premium seating is $22. Handicap seating is also available. Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird are sold online.