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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 16 -- April 6, 2009

-- Review--

A classic 'Mockingbird' comes to Hartford Stage

By Rachel Glogowski in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. The theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, breathed new life into a classic traditionally read by students in the United States and around the world.

Now playing at Hartford Stage, the show dutifully told the story of Scout and Jem Finch, two young children of a lawyer named Atticus from a small Southern town in the 1930s.
The three main child actors who played Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill, superbly represented the characters described by Lee in the book
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Henry Hodges, Andrew Shipman and Olivia Scott in "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Hartford Stage. (Photo provided.)

Mockingbird's themes still relevant, young actors say

By Youth Journalism International staff in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. -- Playing some of the most famous kids in American literature, three young actors at Hartford Stage are having a great time with their roles while tackling the tough issues in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The play, which is nearing the end of a wildly popular run, is based on the Harper Lee novel of the same name.

It features 12-year-old Olivia Scott as Scout Finch, a girl growing up in tiny Maycomb, Alabama; 15-year-old Henry Hodges as her brother Jem, and 11-year-old Andrew Shipman, who plays their friend, Dill Harris.

The three actors said they’re having fun with their characters, but also said the play delivers an important message.

Set in the early 1930s durg a time of intense racial prejudice, the three children are in the middle of a controversial court case that has the entire town watching. Scout and Jem’s father, attorney Atticus Finch, is assigned to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell.

Hodges said the play is still relevant to today’s society.

 

“You can still totally be judged because of your race. We’re not done with it, we’ve still got a long way to go,” Hodges said.

 

Scott said the show “also kind of points a finger at the audience. Your ancestors did this and it’s your job to change it now.”

 

Shipman said the story tells “how far we’ve come, but what we need to work on.”

 

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The kids in the show

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 JEM

(Henry Hodges)

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SCOUT

(Olivia Scott)

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DILL

(Andrew Shipman)

-- Opinion --

In hope that we kill no more mocking-birds

By Eugenia Durante in GENOA, Italy  Humankind is filled with fear. 
We fear the ones who are different from us, fear being judged for our mistakes, fear things which we call “unusual” just because they are not exactly like us, the “normal” ones. 
At the root of this fear is just one thing I can easily describe with only one word: ignorance.These were the first things I thought after I read Harper Lee’s book, To kill a Mockingbird. 
Evidence doesn’t matter if the accused is a black man, Tom Robinson. Even if he clearly and unquestionably has not raped Miss Mayella Ewell, he IS guilty, he must be guilty because of the color of his skin.  
And again, in the little Maycomb it is forbidden to talk about the mad Boo Radley, and consequently all the children want to spy on him and know his secrets. To them, he is a strange and fascinating beast.  
But maybe it is not only the children who really don’t understand all this reluctance and prejudice. 
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