Showtime: To Kill a Mockingbird starts Friday night at Possum Hall

GEORGETOWN – The invisible curtain at the Possum Point Players Community Theater rises Friday night for the first of six presentations of a modern American literature classic – To Kill a Mockingbird.

Showtime Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. June 7 Sunday matinee.

Performances June 12 and 13 are 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. for the June 14 finale.

Directed by John H. Hulse, the local production features a cast of more than 30 and about 15 stage crew members.

The production is based on the Pulitzer’ Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee; adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel.

“It is a big production for us. We have a great cast,” said Allie Buchanan, co-assistant director.

10 POSSUM to kill a mockingbird

Abigail Betts and Chuck Rafferty are two of the main characters in the Possum Point Players’ presentation of To Kill a Mockingbird, which takes the stage at Possum Hall in Georgetown this weekend and next weekend.

Two of the main characters are 10-year-old Abigail Betts (who plays Jean Louise “Scout” Finch) and Chuck Rafferty, in the role of Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer in an Alabama town during the 1930s.

“The story is Scout’s story,” said Mr. Rafferty. “She is telling it from a point of view 30 years later – as an adult. Part of it is the change in her attitude toward her father. Let’s just say she is not 100 percent impressed with him at the start but her impression of him sort of grows toward the end.”

“It’s about how two kids and their dad go through life … and what they learned from it,” said Abigail.

“Abby plays Scout, who is kind of the narrator of the story,” said Mr. Hulse.

The Possum Point Players’ website includes a parental notification that the strong themes and the language of the era make To Kill a Mockingbird appropriate for mature audiences. Parents are advised to review the story as written and use precaution in allowing children younger than teenagers to attend.

For Abigail, a fourth grader at Richard Shields Elementary School, this is her second stage performance with the Possum Point Players. Her debut was in Hollywood Holiday.

“A lot of my family is coming and so is one of my best friends,” she said.

Mr. Rafferty several years ago got back into stage performance.

“It’s something I did in high school. Unfortunately I didn’t do it for a number of years and when I discovered Possum Point Players in the area I thought it was a great opportunity to get back into it,” he said.

Tickets are available online via Brown Paper Ticket at www.possumpointplayers.org or by calling 856-4560.

Possum Hall is located at 441 Old Laurel Road, just south of the U.S. 113/SR 9 intersection in Georgetown.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

The Cast

Calpurnia … Pamella A. Taylor

Miss Maude (Maudie) Atkinson … Diane Counts

Judge John Taylor … Pat Erhardt

Jeremy Atticus (Jem) Finch … James Riddle

Reverend Sykes … Claudius Bowden

Robert E. Lee (Bob) Ewell … Doug Friend

Nathan Radley … Bernie Noeller

Mr. Walter Cunningham, Sr. …. Dan Carney

Prosecutor Mr. Horace Gilmer … Max Dick

Link Deas … Mike Mahaffie

Jean Louise (Scout) Finch …  Abby Betts

Miss Stephanie Crawford …  Cheryl Graves

Sheriff Heck Tate … Robert Hoffer

Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose …  Stephanie Allman

Mayella Violet Ewell … Kori Lewandowski

Charles Baker (Dill) Harris … Wade Stout

Atticus Finch … Chuck Rafferty

Tom Robinson … Ahkeem Waples

Court Clerk … Rex Batchelor

Arthur (Boo) Radley … Richard Huffman

First Purchase Congregation Members: Rosa Barnes, Azandra S. Bennett, Dulcena Kemmerlin, Michael Taylor.

Mob: Rex Batchelor, Max Dick, Pat Erhardt, Mike Mahaffie, Bernie Noeller.

Trial Spectators: Rosa Barnes, Azandra S. Bennett, Karen Fitzpatrick, Sherry Fraser, Dulcena Kemmerlin, Jill Lewandowski, E.J. Panico, Marsha Shull, Michael Taylor, Carol West.

Production Team

Director … John H. Hulse

Assistants to the Director … Allie Buchanan, Donna Flomp

Stage Manager … Donna Flomp

Costumes … Marsha Shull

Hair … Sherry Fraser

Lighting … Jeff Clavette

Makeup … Beth Howlett

Properties …Donna Flomp

Set Design … Ed O’Connor, John H. Hulse

Set Artist … Kim Klabe

Set Construction … Doug Friend

Sound … Michael Phillips

Publicity … Rosanne Pack

Photos … Gary Conaway

Cover Art … Erin Schectman

Bar … Richard Hudson, Nita Gary

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