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To Kill a Mockingbird
a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by based on the book by Harper Lee, dramatized by Christopher Sergel

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4067

SHOWING : July 15, 2011 - August 07, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Directed by Jenny Thornett, "Mockingbird" tells the story of Scout Finch who lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. 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. Racial tensions in Maycomb come to a head when a black man is accused of a grave crime against a white woman. As Scoutís attorney father fights the case, Scout learns valuable lessons of humanity, compassion and what it means to be a good neighbor.

ACT1 Theater is inside Alpharetta Presbyterian Church at 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta 30009.

Performances are every Friday and Saturday Night July 15th - August 7 at 7:30pm with Sunday Matinees on July 24th, 31th and August 7th at 2:00pm.

Adults - $15, Children (under 12) and Seniors (over 60) $12. You can get tickets online at www.act1theater.com or call our box office at 770-663-8989

This show features:
Timothy Aaron-Styles
Michael Adare
Miller Anton
Hugh Chapman
Trip Collins
Kealy Ford
Jim Gray
Olivia Hightower
Eli Hutchinson
Marcus Hutchinson
Saran Kawakami
Paul Komorner
Jason Louder
Donny Matchen
Barbara McFann
Cameron Morton
Diana Plonk
Ed Sims
Robin Smiley
Jacquari Smiley
Natane Smiley
Tiara Marie VanLowe
Josiah Watts
Mike Yow


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jenny Thornett Englund
Tech Guru Murray Mann
Costume Manager Anne Voller
Reverend Sykes Timothy Aaron-Styles
Clerk Hugh Chapman
Bob Ewell Trip Collins
Calpurnia Saran Kawakami
Sheriff Heck Tate Paul Komorner
Ms Maudie Atkinson Barbara McFann
Mayella Ewell Cameron Morton
Calpurnia Understudy/ Congregation Membe Tiara Marie VanLowe
Tom Robinson Jasper Watts
Atticus Finch Mike Yow
Publicity Barbara McFann
Marketing Robin Thornett
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REVIEWS

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This show will make you think!
by dramamama
Saturday, August 6, 2011
4.0
I have seen To Kill A Mockingbird at a few other theaters and I thoroughly enjoyed this production. I personally liked this adaptation better than the one in which Scout as an adult serves as the narrator. There were also some changes to this version (where the intermission is in the show, for instance) that I think were good ideas on the part of ACT1. The acting was very good from everyone. Atticus Finch, Ms. Maudie, Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell were particularly good, although I felt Bob Ewell was not \"mean\" enough. All three children were natural and endearing. Jem Finch in particular did a great job of working through the adolescent emotions without overdoing it and Dill was nothing if not odd, which is right on for his character. The casting was clearly done not to replicate the movie, but to tell the story and served the adaptation well. Sheriff Tate played his part for laughs which worked well and gave meaning to the ending (which I will not spoil here). There were some issues with blocking that I feel were unavoidable given the size of the cast and the size of their stage. But I never felt like I was taken completely out of the story. I felt like the director did a good job in the building of tension in several scenes and the touches of humor were just what was needed to break the tension. The scene in which the children are attacked was a real edge-of-your-seat-moment. This was my 4th or 5th show at ACT1 and easily the most affecting and well done show I have seen there. They must be doing something right because the aftershow buzz around me was all positive with several audience members in tears. One other note is that the scene changes were done as well as I can imagine given the huge changes and number of set pieces. Overall, the entire group I was with felt that this was a well acted and well directed show and are looking forward to more from ACT1 and everyone involved. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Lovely Job
by Stages4me
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
4.5
We havenít been to the theater in a while. When we go we usually gravitate toward musicals and lighter fare. Both of us love the book and have never seen the play so off we went. And the verdict is Ö pretty darn good. First - accolades to the tech side. Great set, costumes were terrific, good lighting. The Acting was good. In particular we likes Jasper Watts (terrific Ö standout in the show), Mike Yow (very convincing Finch with lots of heart) and Barbara McFann. The kids were great too (Kealy Ford made a super Scout).
Fans of the book will not be disappointed! Be sure to check this out while there is still time! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Killer "Mockingbird"
by playgoer
Sunday, July 31, 2011
4.5
Act1's "To Kill a Mockingbird" uses the Christopher Sergel adaptation that gives narration duties to neighbor Maudie Atkinson. (Previous productions I've seen had used the version with grown-up Scout as the narrator.) I think I prefer this adaptation. Maudie's narration doesn't take the audience out of the time period of the piece, and it allows for pretty smooth transitions. It certainly doesn't hurt that in this case Maudie is played by the appealing Barbara McFann.

All the major performances are compelling. The three children -- Scout (Kealy Ford), Jem (Miller Anton), and Dill (Eli Hutchinson) -- are all strong performers. Mike Yow, as Atticus Finch, does a fine job at providing the moral backbone of the story. Jasper Watts compellingly portrays the accused Tom Robinson, giving perhaps the finest performance in the show. I also found Saran Kawakami very believable as Finch family servant Calpurnia, particularly in the earliest scenes.

All the minor roles are filled with adequate or superior performers. The only performance I had problems with was Diana Plonk, as the crotchety Mrs. Dubose. Her characterization was fine, but she was so slow in her line pickup and delivery that some of the effect of her performance was lost.

As always at Act1, the costumes (by Anne Voller) are excellent, The collaborative set design (Rich Vandever, Dianne McNaughton, and Art McNaughton) works well too. For the courtroom scene, the actual back wall of the theatre area (really a church utility room) is used as the backdrop, with its arched, shuttered windows perfectly evoking a southern courtroom. Small housefront units are used to suggest the Finch, Atkinson, and Radley homes, and the outside of the courthouse is nicely portrayed in the atmospheric lighting by Murray Mann.

Director Jennifer Thornett must have done something right to get this production underway, but she really lets the cast down in her blocking. One scene has the three children sitting on the stage floor, out of sight for all but people in the first couple of rows of the audience. Other blocking, particularly for Maudie Atkinson and Sheriff Tate (Paul Kormorner), is awkwardly static, making the actors stand in one position to deliver their lines. Ms. Thornett apparently has mostly directed children, and the blocking seems more suited to organizing masses of fidgety youngsters than to creating effective stage movement.

In spite of some minor staging problems, perhaps inevitable with a large cast placed on a smallish stage, this production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" lets the story shine through. It's a classic tale, a little raw in its use of the "n" word, but focused on its simple moral lessons and evocation of depression-era Alabama. Act1's production lets the play shine through. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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