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'To Kill a Mockingbird' returns to the Springer

By LARRY GIERER

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.com

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com 
 Sarah Brackett (Mayella Ewell), seated, and Joshua McCoy(Tom Robinson),right, and other rehearse for the upcoming Springer Opera House production of "To Kill a Mockingbird". 01/14/16
Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Sarah Brackett (Mayella Ewell), seated, and Joshua McCoy(Tom Robinson),right, and other rehearse for the upcoming Springer Opera House production of "To Kill a Mockingbird". 01/14/16 mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

It is an Academy Award-winning film.

Now, you can see Harper Lee's classic story in live theater.

The adaptation by Christopher Sergel begins a two-week run at the Springer Opera House tonight.

In a news release, Springer's Artistic Director Paul Pierce said, "With the recent publication of 'Go Set a Watchman,' Harper Lee's earlier story that is a prequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird,' this is a timely opportunity for us to revisit this complex and compelling drama."

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama in the 1930s. It is the tale of attorney Atticus Finch, who despite threats to himself and his family, defends a black man wrongly accused of an assault on a white girl.

It is a story about honor, injustice and morality.

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience," Finch says.

Taking on the challenging role of Finch is veteran actor Mark Kincaid, who has worked in regional theaters across the country. The Suzi Bass Awards, honoring the best in Atlanta Theater, recognized Kincaid as best actor in 2012 for his performance in "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment."

Kincaid last appeared at the Springer in 2003 in "Barrymore."

Much of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is focused on the two children of Finch and their loss of innocence.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it," is the message Finch has for them.

Portraying Jem Finch is Jacob Lowry, who has appeared in several Springer shows including portraying Michael Darling in "Peter Pan."

Scout Finch is portrayed by Brookstone student Judith Borom, who acted in the Springer's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Familiar names from Springer Productions are in the show, including Jim Pharr, who was in the "Beauty and the Beast," "The Producers" and "Born Yesterday," and Raymond Campbell, who has appeared in more than 60 Springer shows including "Annie" and "Les Miserables."

This isn't the first time the Springer has done "To Kill a Mockingbird," and some actors who appeared in the show in 2008 are back. Those actors are Lisa Cesnik, Sandy Dawson and Mike Edmondson. Cesnik and Edmondson play the same roles.

IF YOU GO

What: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Where: The Springer Opera House on 10th Street in Columbus

When: There are shows Thursday-Saturday Jan. 21-23 and Thursday-Saturday Jan. 28-Jan.30. Those are at 7:30 p.m. There are also Sunday matinees on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. Those are at 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets for adults are $37. Tickets for seniors (60 and above), police officers, fire department personnel, military and teachers are $32. Tickets for students and children are $17.

Purchase: The Springer Box Office is open 10 a.m -5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and two hours prior to a show. Tickets may be purchased online at www.springeroperahouse.org. For information, call 706-327-3688.

Parents Guide: The play deals with racism and the "N-word" is used several times. There are references to rape.

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