Tallahassee’s Very Own To Kill a Mockingbird: A Review

By Sydne Kilberg on November 14, 2015

November 10th marked the opening night of the theatre rendition of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  It was put on at the beautifully historic Goodwood Museum and Gardens located at 1600 Miccosukee Rd. right here in Tallahassee (maybe a 5 minute drive from campus). The barn-styled building in which the play took place was quaint and warming, as were the hosts for the evening; a perfect set for a story originally set in the Deep South.

The show was put together thanks to Canopy Roads Productions, and the cast made up of: Holly Parker, Annabelle Peoples, Josh Weinstein, Trevor Newsham, Zakiya Jas, Jorgene Hayden, Lisa Reasoner, Lenore Zuspan, David Guthrie, Perry O’Connor, Caleb Goodman, Ty Wold, Thomas Wilson, Karli Newton, John Rittwage, Mike Herrin, Jonathan Clow, and Joy Dixon. Thank you, all.

The cast worked well with the small stage that they had, and effectively illustrated the story that notably exposed racial injustice that enveloped in the small-town community of Maycomb, Alabama. To Kill a Mockingbird is a memorable story of courage and compassion, with a lawyer named Atticus Finch seeking out the truth, while his daughter, Scout, equally fights for the role of protagonist with her wits and on the cusp of adulthood – brings newfound hope to the neighborhood mess with her innocent yet weighty suggestions.

I would be shocked if you never read this book, or at least had to read it as a school assignment at some point. Regardless, watching the play would be enough to get the gist of the impact the story line has no matter what the medium it is composed in.

The environment was friendly, the cast was authentic, and the night in total was a success.

Though there are no more showings of this particular production, I would suggest you at least keep up with what Canopy Road Productions is up to next; or at least take the short drive over to the Goodwood Museum and Gardens for a breath of fresh air and shady trees.

For a cheap $13 entry fee, the play ran from November 10th-12th, with food trucks and adult beverages available prior to the “curtain call”, ‘twas a very nice November night.

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