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Freedom High School To Kill A Mockingbird

By • Oct 29th, 2007 • Category: Cappies

When one hears the name “Atticus Finch,” they are almost immediately immersed in the world of 1935 Maycomb, Alabama; along with it comes all the images of the racial segregation and unjust practices of that time. Based on the book by Harper Lee, the play To Kill A Mockingbird is just as captivating and emotionally charged.

left to right: Nathan Didomenico, Shawn Pendergraph, Shawonn Smith, and Greyson Goodenow. The very strong actors who played the children (Scout, Jem, and Dill) and the complex character of Atticus Finch were the anchoring factors in this play, captivating attention each and every time they were on stage.

Scout, played by Tara Lemieux, was truly believable as a young, curious girl, and steadily improved as the play continued. Dill’s (Cody Lester) comedic timing was very good, and his character was endearing and enjoyable. Jem, however, was the most impressive of the three children, and David Hummer‘s portrayal of a growing boy just trying to understand the world’s injustices was heartwarming and convincing. Atticus Finch, considered one of the hardest men to represent on stage, was the most impressive adult in the show: Nathan Didomenico‘s dynamic portrayal was impressive, shown in full during his last courtroom speech, that was powerful and mesmerizing.

The supporting characters of Mayella, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley were shining in this production. Mayella, played by Anna McQuitty, was convincingly vulnerable and easily evoked sympathy from the audience. Shawonn Smith‘s humble portrayal of Tom Robinson was wonderful, and his articulation and projection was the best of the entire cast: many characters had trouble with articulation, but their physicality helped the audience to understand their motivation. The only downside to Elliot Frye‘s portrayal of Boo Radley was his short time on stage: Frye was engaging and “aww” evoking, just as the traditional Boo Radley should be.

The set was appropriate and wonderfully filled out with “homey touches” to make the houses more realistic. The lights were very fitting, never leaving an actor in the dark, or forcing them to find the light if they weren’t already in it. Sound was also impressive, albeit distracting, with no miscues and everything on time.

For taking on such a well-known and ambitious production, Freedom High School pulled it off well.

by Carly Erickson of Herndon

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  1. Hey guys! I just want to say thanks for coming to our show! We appreciate the reviews, and also the fact that you all came to our show in the first place. Feel free to E-mail me with anything that I can work on to grow and get better as an actor! I would really appreciate it! Sincerely, Shawonn