Broadway, turn your eyes to the small city of Willimantic, Connecticut, for The Windham Theatre Guild in the Burton Leavitt Theater shines oh, so bright!
Last night I attended opening night of To Kill A Mockingbird and spent the entire time entranced by the actors, as they wove magic in living their story. The stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel is based upon the novel by Harper Lee. This production was produced by Martha Funderburk and directed by Jill Zarcone.
There is a moment in theatre where the actors cease to be performers, where the audience feels they are watching lives. They laugh, cry, and feel that they have been part of something bigger. Last night, the brilliance of the cast of To Kill A Mockingbird shone through in their portrayal of racial injustice in Maycomb, Georgia in 1935. The story is witnessed primarily through the eyes of the children of Attorney Atticus Finch portrayed masterfully by Mark O’Donnell. Scout Finch (Anjelica Mendoza), her brother Jem (Matt Belden), and their friend Dill Harris (Spencer Slayton) were a tour de force of innocence trying to make sense of the horrific events affecting their lives. They made me cry.
While the entire cast was at the top of their game for the show, giving so much that together they created a time and place that engulfed the audience in their experience, certain actors were exemplary. Bravos also go to Sunny Kirkham as Maudie Atkinson, Mike Scott as Tom Robinson, Mark Dodd as Sheriff Heck Tate, Abigail Donaghy as Mayella Ewell, Ken Noll as Bob Ewell, and Nick Luberto as Boo Radley.
Congratulations go to cast, crew, director and producer for creating an amazing and memorable theatre experience that I will long remember.
Fortunately for the public, this was only opening night. Visit http://www.windhamtheatreguild.org/ for dates, times, and tickets. For a great night at the theatre, go to To Kill A Mockingbird presented by The Windham Theatre Guild.
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