'To Kill a Mockingbird' set to open
DANVILLE — The Red Mask Players will present "To Kill a Mockingbird" the next two weekends — Feb. 1-3 and 8-10 — at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
The Friday and Saturday curtain times are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees start at 2. The box office opens at 7 on performance nights.
Based on the famed Harper Lee novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" tells the story of Scout, a young girl in a quiet Southern town of the 1930s who is about to experience dramatic events that will change her life.
She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by strong-minded housekeeper Calpurnia. The black people of the community have a special regard for Scout's father, and she doesn't understand why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile, and Scout doesn't understand this, either. The bewildered girl turns to her father, a lawyer, to explain why he's defending a young black man wrongfully accused of a grave crime.
"In each of our lives there is a story that comes along at the right time and touches us and stays with us," director Leslie Boedicker said. "'To Kill a Mockingbird' is mine. I first encountered the movie as a young girl and instantly identified with Scout. As I grew up and began exploring my own minority background, I read the novel and sympathized even more with Scout's incomprehension of the hatred that emerged from the people around her.
"In 'To Kill a Mockingbird' we celebrate the power of the characters, their determination, their fight against a social system that refused to change and Scout's sincere desire to understand why there needs to be such troubles between people."
Lead members of the cast: Atticus Finch, Andrew Peters; Scout, Isabelle Peters; Jem, Carsen White; Calpurnia, Shelia Burton; Maudie, Nancy Keener; Stephanie, Lisa Richter; Mrs. Dubose, Tori Rahn; Tom Robinson, Brandon Parks; Mayella Ewell, Brooke Kuchefski; and Bob Ewell, Dave Techtow.
Rounding out the cast are Noah Acree, Jim Crain, Greg Apple, Dave Downing, Andrew Cook, Tim Kirby, Dean Kirby, Blake Berenz and Andrew Stafford. In addition, the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Chapelaires Choir will perform before and during the show.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens age 60 and older and $10 for students. To reserve tickets, call 442-5858 or visit http://www.redmaskplayers.com.