It’s been a few days since the opening night of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at TPAC but the production has been heavy on my mind. The plot line seemed more relevant than ever, tackling issues we still see on the front page of our newspapers all these years later.
This is Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork and is currently at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Like many, this story is one of my favorites. It’s one of the books that made me love reading and seeing it on that beautiful TPAC stage was even better than I imagined.
This production boasts a top-tier cast including Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, Yaegel T. Welch as Tom Robinson, Jacqueline Williams as Calpurnia, Justin Mark as Jem Finch and Melanie Moore as Scout Finch. Every single actor on that stage made a mark in this production but Moore was the Scout Finch I envisioned when I read Lee’s work for the first time. It was like she was plucked from the pages of the original book and placed on the Jackson Hall stage.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” was funnier than I imagined, much more relevant than I ever could have guessed, and heartbreaking. Out of all the productions I’ve seen at TPAC this was, by far, my favorite.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is at Jackson Hall through Aug. 14. Get your tickets here.