Guerin Catholic Fine Arts PRESENTS
The racially charged events are a mystery to young Scout and she often turns to her father to help make sense of the madness.
In 1962 a movie based on the novel was directed by Robert Mulligan. It starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. The film was a box office success and was nominated for eight Academy Awards. It won three awards including best actor for Peck. It was Robert Duvall's first film.
So long as the film is on this level, the director, Robert Mulligan, achieves a bewitching indication of the excitement and thrill of being a child.
By BOSLEY CROWTHER Special to The New York Times.
Published: February 15, 1963
Notes From the Director
I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in seventh grade and it being the first novel that really sparked my imagination. I read it again in college and really fell in love with the characters and the incredible story. When I began teaching English, it was the novel that my Sophomore class read, and I continued to learn and understand more about Harper Lee and her beautiful creation.
Performing the play was something that I was always interested in, and this year we thought it would be a perfect time to tell this amazing story. Directing is always a challenge, and it’s through the many challenges that I learn more about myself and those around me. This show has taught me to seek the counsel of good people, Marcia Murphy to be exact. Her wisdom, patience, and understanding has been such a blessing. I know the show would not be what it is without Marcia’s assistance and guidance the past six weeks.
I would like to thank all the seniors in the show for their commitment and passion for the Guerin Catholic Fine Arts. I will miss each of them and am grateful they have shared their gifts with us these past 3 ½ years. Finally, I’d like to thank my family, especially my wife for her patience and support during rehearsals and the performances. I know without her love, I would not be the person I am today. I hope you all enjoy this wonderful story, and perhaps in the wisdom of Atticus Finch, we will allow ourselves to see the world while walking around in someone else’s shoes.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Jean Louise “Scout” Finch - The narrator and protagonist of the story. Scout lives with her father, Atticus, her brother, Jem, and their black cook, Calpurnia, in Maycomb. She is intelligent and, by the standards of her time and place, a tomboy. Scout has a combative streak and a basic faith in the goodness of the people in her community. Her faith is tested by the hatred and prejudice that emerge during Tom Robinson’s trial. Scout eventually develops a more grown-up perspective that enables her to appreciate human goodness without ignoring human evil. (Sparknotes)
Atticus Finch - Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, Atticus functions as the story's moral backbone. (Sparknotes)
Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch - Scout’s brother and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. Jem is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football. Four years older than Scout, he gradually separates himself from her games, but he remains her close companion and protector throughout the story. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson. (Sparknotes)
Arthur “Boo” Radley - A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. He is a powerful symbol of goodness swathed in an initial shroud of creepiness and emerging at an opportune moment to save the children. An intelligent child emotionally damaged by his cruel father, Boo provides an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. He is one of the story’s “mockingbirds,” a good person injured by the evil of mankind.
Bob Ewell - A drunken, mostly unemployed member of Maycomb’s poorest family. In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Ewell represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice. (Sparknotes)
Charles Baker “Dill” Harris - Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. Dill is a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley and represents the perspective of childhood innocence throughout the novel. Dill was loosely based on the author Truman Capote. (Sparknotes)
Miss Maudie Atkinson - The Finches’ neighbor, a sharp-tongued widow, and an old friend of the family. Miss Maudie is almost the same age as Atticus’s younger brother, Jack. She shares Atticus’s passion for justice and is the children’s best friend among Maycomb’s adults. (Sparknotes)
Calpurnia - The Finches’ black cook. Calpurnia is a stern disciplinarian and the children’s bridge between the white world and her own black community. (Sparknotes)
Mayella Ewell - Bob Ewell’s abused, lonely, unhappy daughter. Though one can pity Mayella because of her overbearing father, one cannot pardon her for her shameful indictment of Tom Robinson. (Sparknotes)
Tom Robinson - The black field hand accused of rape. Tom is one of the novel’s “mockingbirds,” an important symbol of innocence destroyed by evil. (Sparknotes)
Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose - An elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches. Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction. (Sparknotes)
Miss Stephanie Crawford - The town busybody. She makes it her business to spread gossip, the meaner the better. She's the Finch kids' main source of rumors about Boo Radley, and takes as much delight in the ghoulish details as Jem does.
Mr. Gilmer - Mr. Gilmer is the prosecutor who faces off against Atticus in court.
Judge Taylor - While he seems fairly even-handed in court, his personal views on the Robinson case come out in more subtle ways. He appoints Atticus as Tom's defense council even when the job should have gone to another, less experienced, man.
Nathan Radley - Boo Radley’s older brother. Scout thinks that Nathan is similar to the deceased Mr. Radley, Boo and Nathan’s father. (Sparknotes)
Heck Tate - The sheriff of Maycomb and a major witness at Tom Robinson’s trial. Heck is a decent man who tries to protect the innocent from danger. (Sparknotes)