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Poteet Theatre continues season with “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee's novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” comes to the Poteet Theatre stage.
Oklahoman Modified: September 21, 2012 at 12:27 am •  Published: September 23, 2012

Poteet Theatre presents “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved novel of the same name. The novel details the trial of Tom Robinson, a young black laborer in a small Southern town.

He has been accused of raping a young white woman, and the lawyer chosen to represent him is Atticus Finch. The story is narrated by Finch's daughter Scout, who, along with her brother, Jem, and friend Dill, learn about life's harsh lessons of jealousy, racism and small minded gossips.

In Sergel's adaptation, the narration is handled by Maudie, a sympathetic character who voices the character Scout. Michael Payne's love of the story is evident in his direction. He begins by creating an outstanding and simple set that functions beautifully as the street of a small Southern town, and then as the courthouse itself for the trial scene.

Many young folks are in the cast, led by Nolia Sweatt as the irrepressible Scout, and Aaron Stewart as Jem. These two young actors play their crucial parts quite well. As Dill, Sam Brown is excellent and has a great future as an actor.

Jean-Marie Otto, Dana Palmer and Norma Goff portray three female characters who represent different levels of society. David Patterson, Brian Scott, Julie Prock, Joe Moore, T.J. Brown, Haley Schafer and Stephen Dillard-Carroll also make this production quite memorable.

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