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White Theatre: Current Season - To Kill a Mockingbird

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Scout Talks Back!

In conjunction with our production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the White Theatre presents two special post-show talkbacks with Mary Badham, the Academy Award-nominated actress who portrayed Scout in the 1962 film. Ms. Badham will discuss the novel and its messages and then answer questions from the audiences. The talkbacks will follow both the 7:30 p.m. performance on April 5 and the 2:00 p.m. performance on April 6.

To attend a talkback, you must be a ticket-holder to the performance that precedes it

 

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Cast List

Jean Louise Finch: Kate Haugan
Scout Finch: Margaret Veglahn
Jem Finch: Whittaker Hoar
Atticus Finch: Greg Butell
Calpurnia: Prisca Jebet Kendagor
Maudie Atkinson: Deborah Ground Buckner
Stephanie Crawford: Jeannie Blau
Mrs. Dubose: Rebecca Brungardt
Nathan Radley: Scott Slabotsky
Dill: Cam Burns
Heck Tate: Taylor Bottles
Judge Taylor: Marshall Rimann
Reverend Sykes: Zach Lofland
Mayella Ewell: Amanda Schnieders
Bob Ewell: Michael A. Juncker
Walter Cunningham: David Martin
Mr. Gilmer: Andy Penn
Tom Robinson: Caiel J. Noble
Helen Robinson: Shawna Downing
Boo Radley: Andy Tyhurst
Ensemble: Mike Haskin,
Ensemble: Hunter Hawkins

 

 

Production Staff

Director: Darren Sextro
Asst. Director: Christina Martin
Stage Manager: Jayson Chandley
Asst. Stage Manager: Catherine Lewis
Sound Design: Alex Davila
Lighting / Set / Projections Design: Jayson Chandley
Costume Designer: Julia Ras
Technical Director: Michael Hudgens
SM Intern: Hunter Hawkins

 

 

Synopsis
To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of the early childhood of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, chronicling the humorous trials and tribulations of growing up in Maycomb, Alabama, from 1933 to 1935. Maycomb's small-town Southern atmosphere, in which nobody locks their doors at night and the local telephone operator can identify callers solely by their voices, contributes to the security of Scout's world, just as pervasive forces of racism threaten to unsettle it. Scout's devotion to her older brother, Jem, and admiration of her father, the defense attorney Atticus Finch, infuse this story with an uncommon intimacy and affection.  An acknowledged tomboy, Scout, along with her ubiquitous playmates Jem and Dill,
spends her days lamenting that she must attend school and her afternoons engaged in various schemes to provoke a mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley, to emerge from his
house. As Scout, Jem, and Dill become increasingly obsessed with luring Boo outside, they put themselves at greater risk, at one point incurring Boo's brother's gunfire.
Scout and Jem's misadventures suggest an idyllic childhood, one tempered only by the rules of their beloved servant, Calpurnia; the standards imposed on them by their
prudish Aunt Alexandra; and the particularities of their neighbors, Miss Maudie Atkinson and Mrs. Dubose. Over the course of the novel, both children learn to appreciate the
values held by their father, whose boyhood nickname, "Ol' One-Shot," is put to the test in an episode with a mad dog.

When Atticus is assigned a case defending a local black man, Tom Robinson, who has been unjustly accused of rape by Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman from a family of
ill-repute, Scout explores her beliefs, her father's moral obligations, and the dynamics of her community. Through the eyes of Scout and her brother Jem, Harper Lee explores
with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the ‘30s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice,
violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice.


As the untroubled realm of her childhood collides with the adult world of the courthouse, Scout discovers that redemption, salvation, even, can come from unexpected sources.

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