This spring, Moorhead High School theater brings the adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird to the stage. More than 30 Moorhead High students are part of the cast and crew. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.
Set in Alabama in 1935, To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on six-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a lawyer. Atticus is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman. Despite evidence of Tom’s innocence, the jury convicts him.
According to director Dawn Gunderson, the timeless classic opens conversations of acceptance and understanding. “We need to be continually reminded about discrimination in all forms,” she said. “Not just race, but also gender, age, religion, appearance.”
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus teaches his children the importance of accepting people from all walks of life.
Gunderson points to the famous dialogue when Atticus says: “There’s something I’d like to ask. If you’ll do it, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds. You see, you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
In 1962, Harper Lee’s book was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck. Peck won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film version.
Tickets for Moorhead High’s stage performances go on sale April 16. You can purchase them through the box office at 218-284-2345, in the Moorhead High activities office or at the door.