Western Reserve Academy will present its winter play, To Kill a Mockingbird, on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Knight Fine Arts Center.
Set in the Alabama town of Maycomb during the Great Depression, the play follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father, Atticus, has been appointed as the defense attorney for Tom Robinson, a black man charged with a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Jem and Scout witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and racism.
“This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation’s past and our moral responsibility to each other,” said Donalee Ong, WRA’s drama teacher and the play’s director.
The talented cast includes Camry Harris ’14 as Scout, Alex Wheaton ’14 as Atticus Finch and Isaiah Swoope ’16 (Akron) as Tom Robinson. Supporting roles will be filled by Chloe Cusimano ’14 (Akron), Nick Farrell ’16 (Hudson), Mia Herring-Sampong ’16, Davis Johnson ’14 (Peninsula), Hannah McKenzie ’15 (Hudson) and Elliot Ong ’17 (Hudson).
As the events of the play do not occur in real time, but rather are told through the recollections of the narrator, the set design will have a different look, according to Mike Peveich, WRA’s technical theater director.
“We are going with more of a skeletal look to this set that gives the audience just the important details,” Peveich said of his set design, which features the outlines of four houses built with a distressed wood look to reflect that Maycomb is not a prosperous town. “By going with a minimal design, rather than a traditional-looking Southern street, the audience will be able to focus on the story and the characters.”
Tickets will go on sale Jan. 27 and may be purchased at the Campus Bookstore and will also be available at the door of each performance. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens, for the Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 performances. For the matinee performance on Feb. 2, tickets are $8 for adults, with free admission for students and senior citizens.
For more information, or to order tickets, please call the Fine & Performing Arts Department at 330.650.4400, ext. 3005.
The Knight Fine Arts Center is located on the WRA campus at the corner of Oviatt and Aurora Streets.