harper lee's, to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
August 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, September 1, 2012
Dramatized by: Christopher Sergel
Drama
Directed by: Phil Funkenbusch
12 males, 8 females, extras
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee , is a Pulitzer Prize winning story and centered loosely on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The play is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity.

Audition Information

Auditions will consist of readings from the script, speeches & novel. Auditionees need not prepare anything for this audition. Callbacks will be held

about the director

Phil Funkenbusch (Director) of Petersburg is happy to be revisiting To Kill A Mockingbird, which he directed for the Springfield Theatre Center in 1991. Phil recently took a sabbatical in Springfield, and traveled down to Georgia and directed Tom Poland’s, SWAMP GRAVY: Solid Ground. They performed the show in September and he will be going back in March of 2012. Phil has directed numerous productions, such as The Last of Mrs. Lincoln in May at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. He has directed many productions at New Salem over the years including Our Town, Spoon River Anthology, Steel Magnolias, Between Daylight and Boonville, The World of Carl Sandburg, and Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Phil’s hometowns are Carrollton, Missouri and Havana, Illinois.

cast of characters

Jean Louise Finch:
The Narrator of the play. Age: can be 25-40’s. She is an older version of Scout looking back on this summer in her childhood, and making sense of all that happened with Tom Robinson’s trial and Boo Radley. She has an adult perspective on the experience that the younger Scout could not possibly have.

Atticus Finch:
40’s. Scout & Jem’s father. Quietly impressive. Reserved. Civilized. A Southern gentleman by breeding but a progressive lawyer by trade and a single father by surprise. Loving. Smart. Warm. Articulate. Don’t try to channel Gregory Peck (nobody can do that!).

Scout Finch:
Girl, 8-12 years old. Tomboy. Inquisitive. A bit stubborn. Smart.

Jem Finch:
Age 10-12. Scout’s older brother. Wants to be a man, but of course he is an adolescent. Wants to fit in at school, sometimes Scout can be too much for him. He grows immensely over the course of the play. It takes Jem until the end of the play to truly appreciate his father for who he is.

Calpurnia:
African-American, 35-50. The housekeeper. Proud and capable. Standards are high.
Self-educated. Raised the motherless Scout and Jem.

Dill:
Age 8-12. Small. From Mobile, Alabama. Wise beyond his years. Always looking for adventure.

Heck Tate:
30-50. The town sheriff. Tries to keep the peace, which is not easy.

Tom Robinson:
African-American. 23-28. Handsome, vital. Good worker. His left hand is disabled.

Helen Robinson:
African-American. 20’s. Tom’s wife. Trying to keep everything together.

Miss Maudie Atkinson:
40’s-50’s. A neighbor. Sensitive, wise and compassionate. She is a positive influence on Scout.

Miss Stephanie Crawford:
40’s-50’s. A neighbor. Perhaps a bit high-strung? Can be thought of as “nosy” and a gossip, though that’s because she’s alone now, and she’s lived here all her life. She considers herself the neighborhood lookout.

Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose:
Neighbor. 60’s-70’s. The “mean old lady” in the neighborhood. She is ill and has been for a long time, so perhaps that’s why she is “mean.” She is more lonely than malicious.

Reverend Sykes:
African-American, 30’s-50’s. Pastor at Calpurnia’s & Tom Robinson’s church. Possesses a quiet strength.

Mayella Ewell:
19-25. Lonely, overworked. She is the eldest of seven children and the primary caretaker of the family given her mother has passed away. Her life has been turned upside down.

Bob Ewell:
Father to Mayella. Age 40-50. Has had a troubled life. A farmer, he was hit hard by the 1930’s Depression. He is probably an alcoholic. Has never been able to get ahead.

Walter Cunningham:
Another local farmer who has been devastated by the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Atticus has helped him with legal problems. 30’s-40’s. Has a quiet dignity.

Judge Taylor:
50’s-60’s. Has been the Judge for many years, is fair-minded. He has seen it all, but also realizes this case is probably the most difficult he has overseen. Sometimes he wishes he could just retire.

Mr. Gilmer:
Public Prosecutor. 30’s-40’s. Perhaps a bit more sophisticated than the others. Likes to hear the sound of his own voice (but, remember, he is not a villain).

Arthur “Boo” Radley:
30’s-40’s. A shy man, we do not hear him speak but we think we almost know what he wants to say. The fact that he is a recluse in his house has cultivated the wild rumors about him among the neighborhood, especially the children. He could have an angelic side.

Mr. Nathan Radley:
40’s-50’s. Uncle to Boo Radley. A no-nonsense type of man.

Ensemble:
Townspeople, farmers, members of the African-American church, choir members, etc.