Little Theater Presents To Kill a Mockingbird

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Mrs Dubose (Patti Culliton) chastises Scout (McKenna Schneider) and Jem ( Jonah Foley)

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Stephanie McCraw

It’s great writing, it’s historical drama, and it’s a creative outlet for many in our community. If you’d like a night of playing the part of both audience and jury, as well as reliving a classic piece of literature, purchase a ticket to Lucille Ball Little Theater’s upcoming production of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This is the second production of the 2019 season.
The relevance of the story to current events is unquestionable and it’s likely the reason tickets have been selling so quickly. Dramatized by Christopher Sergel, To Kill A Mockingbird is set in a small Southern town in the 1930s. A young girl by the name of Scout and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their father, Atticus Finch, a prominent lawyer who expresses opinions that challenge the status quo. Scout, Jem, and a friend are fascinated by a reclusive neighbor. The drama unfolds as Atticus is embroiled in a difficult case and shows his children and the town what courage looks like.
The play’s Artistic Director is Richard Olson-Walter who directed the unique Hitchcock-inspired 39 Steps last May. Upon inquiring about his style of directing, he says he prefers to let the actors and others involved take some initiative in the hope they will be more invested in the project themselves. His experience stems from being part of an acting group in the UK, one he helped form, and where he both wrote and acted.
Mr. Walter is helped by Adam Hughes and technical director Jason Dorman who executed a newly built set of four distinct scenes from the story. The cast features Matt Smith as Atticus Finch, McKenna Schneider as Scout, Jonah Foley as Jem, and Jamie King Prunty as Calpurnia, along with many others. On Friday, March 8th at 12 p.m. students from across the county will be attending a special matinee performance.
Performance Date & Times for To Kill a Mockingbird are March 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2019 at 7:30PM, March 10 & 17, 2019 at 2:00PM.
Tickets are available at: The Box Office at 18-24 E. Second St., Jamestown, by phone (716) 483-1095, and online at lucilleballlittletheatre.org.