Thursday, September 22, 2011

Reading Community Players present "To Kill A Mockingbird"


Reading Community Players  presents "To Kill  A Mockingbird as dramatized by Christopher Sergel beginning  Friday, September 23 and runs through Sunday  October 2.

The production is directed by R. Bruce McLean, who has assembled a cast of 20 actors ranging in age from 12 to 80+.  In addition to an incredible diversity of age, the ensemble cast reflects a range of experience as well, from seasoned actor to novice performer. Interestingly, McLean is directing his daughter, Beth Farmer, who portrays Jean, the adult Scout.  As the narrator, Jean provides the context of the story by evoking a sense of time and place.

"It's 1935 and it's Maycomb, Alabama."  Tensions are running high as Atticus Finch prepares to defend Tom Robinson, a young black man with a crippled left arm, who is accused of attacking a poor, ignorant
white woman for whom he feels pity.  Finch's children, Scout and Jem experience the depth of racial hatred in their town, among their friends, as well as the unexpected strengths of their father.  Both “walk in the skins” of others, as their father instructs them to do, to understand the reclusive Boo Radley and the cranky Mrs. Dubose.
Ultimately, though Atticus does not persuade the jury to acquit Tom, his children recognize his courage in the attempt.

Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m.  The theater is located at 403 North 11th Street in Reading.  Since on street parking is limited in the area, RCP provides a free shuttle service from the parking lot of the 13th and Green Elementary school for patrons’ convenience.

Many area students study "To Kill A Mockingbird" and CSP encourages them and their parents to attend one of the six performances.  Proof of attendance can be provided for classroom extra credit, if  that is a possibility.

Though written 51 years ago, Lee’s story still resonates in the present.  Her themes of courage, loyalty, wisdom and love eventually triumph over bigotry and ignorance. Those readers who have loved Lee’s novel will be moved by the dramatization of  "To Kill A Mockingbird."

For reservations please call the theater at 610-375-9106 or visit  the web site at http://www.readingcommunityplayers.com. RCP may also be  reached at rcptheatre@gmail.com.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Brandie Kessler said...

I am looking forward to your review. I just finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time (I'm almost embarassed to admit that.) It was wonderful. I am anxious to see the movie and seeing the play could be interesting. On another note, I tried visiting "www.rcptheater.com" and it didn't work. Google suggested I try : "http://www.readingcommunityplayers.com/" and that worked. -Brandie

September 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM 
Blogger Cheryl Thornburg said...

Thanks Brandie -- I've corrected the article. Cheryl

October 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM 

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