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Community Playhouse of Lancaster presents: To Kill a Mockingbird

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By Michele Roberts

Theater lovers, mark your calendars – the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing the Harper Lee classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the stage at the Barr Street Auditorium this month.

Directed by Chris Smith, this revised version of “To Kill A Mockinbird” by Christopher Sergel tells the story of Scout, her brother Jem and her father, the attorney Atticus Finch, who finds himself defending a black man charged with the  rape of a white woman. The time is 1935, the place is southern Alabama.

“’To Kill A Mockingbird’ is one of the most classic pieces of American literature ever written,” Smith said. “It is a poignant tale about what Scout saw in terms of human interaction while growing up in southern Alabama in the early 20th century. It was a very different time back then – a time when racial bias and divided communities were commonplace. It’s something we should never forget.”

Smith said one thing the play does is to show the good side of people, as well as illustrate the innocence of children.

“We have Scout, played by Jurnee Ingram, who is witnessing all of this and seeing it with that innocence of a child,” he said. “We have her brother, Jem, played by Iain Henderson, who is a typical teen. He wants his father to teach him how to play football and shoot guns but his father, Atticus Finch, is an attorney, and finds himself representing this black man who has been charged with such a terrible crime. And then we have Dill, played by Grayson Peavey, a young man who comes into town and is befriended by Scout and her brother.”

“They are the focus of the play, in that they are asking the important questions: why are people like this, why are black people treated differently?” he said. “This gives us the opportunity to go back in time and see how life was 80 years ago and ask ourselves, have we changed since then? Or have we not?”

Tickets for the production are available for purchase at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay Street in Lancaster. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children under the age of 10. Tickets will also be available at the door. Show times at the Barr Street Auditorium at 612 E. Meeting St. are Oct. 11th, 12th, 17th,18th, and 19th at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.