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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird I spent a good portion with the lovely Rachel. Among discovering new obsessions, visiting Starbucks numerous times and buying way more books than is good for either of us (especially with the upcoming release of Eclipse), we also went to the Stratford Festival to see To Kill a Mockingbird.

I think I can happily say that I have been to Stratford enough this season. (Am looking forward to next year, however.)

While I have read this book, it’s been a long time since then – it was surprising how much of the story that has stuck with me through the years. The play, dramatized by Christopher Sergel, is one of the most insense plays I’ve seen. You would expect something like that if you know the story, but it exceeded all my expectations. The acting was phenominal, and the audience got completely absorbed into the play. Aside from one person’s cell phone going off half way through the second act (grrr, totally bitter about that!!), everything was deathly silent while we were watching what was happening on stage. It was positively brilliant.

And oh, the girl who played Scout! She was what – 10? 11? Absolutely adorable and quite possibly one of the best children actors I’ve seen on stage – which admittedly isn’t too many, but still. Hope to see more of her in the future.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:47 pm August 5, 2007.
Category: Plays

  • Nymeth

    I read the book for the first time this year, but I really can see how it’s the kind of story that stays with you through the years. I’d love to see it in play form, especially a play as well done as the one you describe.

  • Lisa

    I read that book every year when I was in high school. I think it’s so awesome that you get to see all these plays & musicals! :)

  • Court

    Nymeth – I hope you do have a chance to see the play. Have seen the movie with Gregory Peck yet? It’s really good too. :)

    Lisa – Haha, thanks! I wish I could see more, but usually it’s only through the summer months that I actually get to see any plays & musicals at the festivals (though this fall, I’m hoping to see The Drowsy Chaperone!)