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'T Ki!! az Mockingbird'
The concern for human dignity came to the ACU stage in
pbruary when "To Kill a Mockingbird" was presented as a
The setting of the play is a woman's memory of her
iildhood. The place is Maycomb, Ala., in 1935. But the
iessage is timeless and encourages each individual to ex-
nine his own conscience and character.
The play, written by Harper Lee and directed by Adam
iester, communication instructor, focuses on the role of the
'egro in the south. The play is concerned with human
ignity rather than civil rights. The killing of a mockingbird,
harmless bird, is symbolic of the treatment received by the
.acks and other oppressed people during that time.
The play also deals with how conscience is instilled in the
iildren of Atticus Finch when Finch is appointed to defend
Negro in a rape trial.
Lee was born in Alabama and was the youngest daughter
a lawyer. Lee's younger years are similar to the character
out, the daughter of Atticus Finch,
Finch, the leading man, was played by Elliott Bales, a
:nior drama major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bales
isplayed the strength of character needed to deal with the
damant public that Finch faced.
Scout was played by Rebecca Carpenter, a senior drama
iajor from Webb City, Mo. Carpenter displayed her ver-
satility as an actress in the role of the young girl. She was last
seen as Maggie in "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
Carpenter's wide-eyed expressions and bare feet made her a
very convincing tomboy.
jean Louise Finch was portrayed by Jayne Whitaker, who
returned to the ACU stage where she acted in college pro-
ductions as a student in the 19405. She now is a faculty
member teaching oral interpretation of literature and educa-
tional speech communication.
jeff Grady, a graduate student, returned to the ACU
Theatre after a three-year absence to play Dill. He joined
with Sally Gary as Calpurnia to add comic relief to an other-
wise serious dramatic presentation.
In addition, the cast included Greg Holt as jemi, Peggy
Lewis, Maudie Atkinson, Lory Moore, Stephanie Crawford,
Susan Lovell, Mrs. Dubose, Kelvin Dilks, Nathan Radley,
Rick Tinney, Arthur Radley, Greg Perry, Heck Tate, joel
james, judge Taylor, Arthur Culpepper, Reverend Sykes,
Rachel johnson, Mayella Ewell, Key Payton, Bob Ewell,
joseph Dennis, Walter Cunningham, Michael Dale Moore,
Mr. Golmer, Alan Brown, Tom Robinson, and Yulanda
Warren, Helen Robinson. The townspeople were played by
jim Cawthon, Susan Chambers, Cyd Meyer, Tippy Bland,
Shan Pamplin, janis Terry and Blake Osner. - Andrea
Far left: Peggy Lewis, Iell, as
Maudie Atkinson, and her
neighbor played by Lory
Moore gossip in the yard.
Top: Dill, played by Jeff
Grady, shows Scout how to
sneak around. Bollom:
Susan Lovell plays the mean
old Mrs. Dubose.
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