To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, 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. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout’s father and she doesn’t 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 layer, explains that he’s defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he’s doing it. “Because if I didn’t,” her father replies, “I couldn’t hold my head up.” When she asks why take on such a hopeless fight—the time of the play is 1935—he tells her, “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—to the point where Atticus props himself in a chair against the cell door of the man he’s defending and confronts 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!”

Cast/Characters

Jean Louis Finch (Scout) – Kendra Protsman

Maudie Atkinson – Lynn Zeilbeck

Calpurnia – Debra Stache

Stephanie Crawford – Char Koehler

Judge Taylor – Peter Moody

Heck Tate – Michael A. Eberhardy

Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Ben Griessmeyer

Mrs. Dubose – Patricia Scholz

Reverend Sykes – Jay Schilcutt

Mayella Ewell – Kat Moungey

Bob Ewell – Joel Griessmeyer

Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – Matthew Lautz

Nathan Radley – Eric Eberhardy

Atticus Finch – Stan Seagren

Walter Cunningham – Chuck Ebert

Mr. Gilmer – Dirk R. Milsted

Court Clerk – Clark R. Kirst

Tom Robinson – Tyrone Wesley

Arthur Radley (Boo) – Micheal Bennett

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Stage Manager: Karin Gunderson

Asst. Stage Manager Vincent Freer

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Nancy Klein, Beverly Dulmes, Joyce Nery

Light Design: Scott A. Heck

Sound Design: Rick Klein

Properties: Jackie Blindauer, Mary Jane Krause

Make -Up Design: Diane Sciarra

Lobby Photography: Irish Studios