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Fourth Street Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird

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The Fourth Street Theater in Chesterton will present “To Kill a Mockingbird” from May 31 through June 16.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is primarily a play about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in 1935 in the South. The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes.

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator’s father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. The novel was later made into a film starring Gregory Peck as Finch.

One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the twentieth century, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.”

“I think it’s important to go back and reexamine the classics once in a while,” said Kevin Doler, the director of this production. “‘Mockingbird’ shows how people thought in the 1930s and it’s great quote, ‘You never really understand a personÉuntil you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it,’ is a great reminder, especially today.”

Directed by Doler, with assistance from Steve Ellis and Kathie Rosdil, the cast features: Donald Beck, Grant Fitch, Rachel Livingston, Matt Stinnett, Pat Klewer, Anna Fry, David Fry, Paul Petro, Lukas Needham, Michael “Doc” Kuhn, Steve Rohe, Laura Simmons, Donna Rettew, Helena Taft, Don Ross, Jena Bellezza, Tony Credit, Dan Keilman, Seth Rettew and Garrett Wilson.

Call (219) 926-7875 for reservations. The Fourth Street Theater is located at 125 N. Fourth St. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.


Posted 5/31/2013