To Kill a Mockingbird opens December 3

The Bonstelle Theatre continues its 60th season with the critically acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee dramatized by Christopher Sergel.  Pulitzer prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird is a story portrayed through the eyes of a young girl who, during the Great Depression, learns life’s hard lessons about morality, fear of difference and the death of innocence.  The play runs from December 3-12, 2010.  Tickets are $12-15 and are available by calling the Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2960, online at www.bonstelle.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock.

For fifty years, To Kill a Mockingbird has been celebrated as a literary masterpiece.  The book has stood the test of time by opening the eyes of generations of readers to issues that are still important today.  To celebrate, the Bonstelle Theatre is pairing with libraries in the metro Detroit area and Barnes and Noble to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication.  Promotional materials for the new edition books will be available at the Detroit Main, Baldwin, Caroline Kennedy, Ferndale Public, and Grosse Pointe Libraries, as well as Barnes and Noble in Royal Oak and at the Wayne State University bookstore.  Display tables will include background information about the play and book, Wayne State University actor biographies, souvenir bookmarks, and a chance to win complimentary tickets to the show.  Displays will be set up from November 12 until December 12, 2010.

As a special offer, To Kill a Mockingbird is being paired with the Hilberry Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.  Chosen as audience favorites, you can attend both award-winning American masterpieces for $25.  Contact the Theatre Box Office and ask for “The American Literature Classics” package to reserve tickets.

All photos by Nikki Allen

The cast includes

Robbie Dwight (Detroit, MI) Atticus Finch, Nicholas Yocum (Royal Oak, MI) Jeremy “Jem” Finch, Siena Hassett (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) Jean Louise Scout” Finch, Matthew Miazgowicz (Dearborn, MI)  Dill, Ciarah Mosley (Detroit, MI) Calpurnia, Joe Hamid (Coral Springs, FL) Arthur “Boo” Radley, Alexander Schott (White Lake, MI) Nathan Radley, Kerianne Fergurson (Detroit, MI) Maudie Atkinson, Patrick Loos (Highland, MI) Bob Ewell, Caitlin Morrison (Romeo, MI) Mayella Ewell, Taurean Hogan (Detroit, MI) Tom Robinson, Nancy Florkowski (Redford, MI) Mrs. Dubose, Cal M. Schwartz (Dearborn, MI) Judge Taylor, Dave Cowan (Detroit, MI) Heck Tate, Steve Carson (Grosse Pointe, MI) Mr. Gilmer, Markell Easter (Detroit, MI) Reverend Sykes, Sharayah Johnson (Birch Run, MI) Stephanie Crawford, and Tim Stone (Toledo, OH) Walter Cunningham.

The cast is accentuated by an ensemble consisting of William Turbett (Dearborn, MI) Clerk, Derrell Jones (Detroit, MI) Choir Director, Amber Gale (Detroit, MI) Church Choir Member #1, Ivy Haralson (Belleville, MI) Church Choir Member #2, and Cecilia Shropshire (Detroit, MI) Church Choir Member #3.

The creative team includes

Meghan Lynch, Production Stage Manager; Mike Waldrup, Assistant Stage Manager; Jessica Van Essen, Costume Designer; Jon Weaver, Lighting Designer; Adam Crinson, Scenic Designer; Tyler Ezell, Sound Designer; Fred Florkowski, Technical Director; Wayne David Parker, Fight Choreographer; Regina Spain, Properties Master; and Richard L. Fosbrink, Publicity Manager.

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