The Florence Little Theatre presents a dramatization of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This timeless tale of the innocence of childhood and the shock of growing up will run for eight performances from November 11through 19 on the Little Theatre stage at 417 South Dargan Street. The drama provides a poignant look at justice and the human spirit, as told through the eyes of a young girl learning the mysteries and realities of adulthood.
Told through the perspective of eight-year old Scout, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is set in a small Southern town during theDepression. She and her brother Jem are being raised by their widower father Atticus and a strong-minded housekeeper,Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the people of her small town, but from the start, there’s a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here.
Some members of the community have a special feeling for Scout’s father and she doesn’t know why. Others are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn’t understand this either. Atticus, a lawyer, explains that he’s defending a young man wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he’s doing it. “Because if I didn’t,” her father replies, “I couldn’t hold my head up.” Atticus’ reply to Scout underscores the central theme of the play: the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes in an effort to recognize truth.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is the most prominent novel by Harper Lee. Born in 1926 in Alabama, Lee’s childhood bears many similarities to Scout, the central character of Mockingbird, although it is not autobiographical. Lee drew on her own experience as a young girl in the South to create a rich atmosphere filled with the distinct voices of the people in the town of Maycomb. An intensely private and reserved woman, Lee once stated “The novel is a love story pure and simple. My love of the South, a father’s love for his children and the love they give in return.”
This play is considered a Southern Gothic with intense subject matter involving loss of innocence and racial inequity including racial epithets. Florence Little Theatre would like to express that we are producing this literary classic not only because it is a classic, but also as a way to spread the need for tolerance and the stand against prejudice.
Single tickets: $20 Adults and $15 under18/Students. There is a group rate of $10 available for this production only.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 843-662-3731, Mon-Fri 12-5 or on line at www.florencelittletheatre.org
A season ticket package is still available for the remaining shows of “Mockingbird,” “Always….Patsy Cline,” “Barefoot in the Park,”and “The King and I.”
For more information, visit the FLT website: www.florencelittletheatre.org