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Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill Mockingbird' will hit Chesterton's 4th Street Theater stage beginning May 31.  |  Getty

Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" will hit Chesterton's 4th Street Theater stage beginning May 31. | Getty Images file photo

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Updated: July 1, 2013 7:27AM



Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater will present “To Kill A Mockingbird” from May 31-June 16.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is primarily a play about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in 1935 in the South.

The story covers three years during which the main characters undergo significant changes.

The novel 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 for lawyers.

One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the 20th century, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.”

Directed by Kevin Doler, with assistance from Steve Ellis and Kathie Rosdil, the cast includes Donald Beck, Grant Fitch, Rachel Livingston, Matt Stinnett, Pat Klewer, Anna Fry, David Fry and Paul Petro.

Lukas Needham, Michael “Doc” Kuhn, Steve Rohe, Laura Simmons, Donna Rettew, Helena Taft, Don Ross, Jena Bellezza, Tony Credit, Dan Keilman, Seth Rettew and Garrett Wilson also are part of the cast.

Call (219) 926-7875 for reservations. The 4th Street Theater is at 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

‘Merchant of Venice’

The Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” opens May 31 and runs to June 15.

The production is set in the 1920s and is directed by 20-year-old Jacob Barber.

“The Merchant of Venice” is the story of a young Venetian who needs a loan of 3,000 ducats so he can woo a wealthy Venetian heiress.

He approaches his friend, a merchant who is also short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea.

The Venetian goes to a Jewish money lender, who hates him because of his anti-Semitic behavior toward him.

There is also a love story.

Theater officials said this story of discrimination, injustice and social norms is relevant in the current polarized society.

They said in casting the show they hoped to cast strong actors as leads to drive the story forward and bring out the powerful emotions of the play.

But they added that they wanted a strong ensemble to help create the atmosphere of the story that would make the show much more powerful.

The cast includes Aaron Breford, Jacob Barber, Breanne Pynakker, Samantha Reilly, Andrew Becker, Nick Mohamed, Christina Biancardi and William Milhans.

Rob Kranc, C.J. Landars, Cynthia Gaver, Roxann Poor, Brandon Hearne, Joe Culley, Paul Kendall, Josey Andrews, Katie McLaren and Lydia Danikolas also are part of the cast.

Crown Point Community Theatre is at 1125 Merrillville Road (in the Jewel plaza), Crown Point. Call (219) 805-4255 for reservations or purchase tickets at cpct.biz.

Bob Craig is a freelance writer.



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