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‘To Kill a Mockingbird' celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Austin Peay State Universitys AP Playhouse and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present an adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird.

The production will take the stage at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 26 in APSUs Trahern Theatre.
In celebration of Black History Month, Austin Peay State University's AP Playhouse and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present an adaptation of “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

The production will take the stage at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25, with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 26 in APSU's Trahern Theatre.

Directed by Dr. Sara Gotcher, associate professor of theatre, the production is adapted by Christopher Sergel and is based on the 1960 novel by Harper Lee. Set in 1935 in the fictional town of Maycomb, Ala., the production is an account of the adult Scout Finch's childhood memories.

Centered around the themes of tolerance, courage, compassion and justice, the story unfolds as Scout and her older brother Jem learn about fighting prejudice and upholding human dignity through the example of their father, Atticus, who is defending a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.

“(The story) entertains and touches me deeply,” says Gotcher. “Every night that we have rehearsed the whole play, I've cried all of my makeup off by the end of rehearsal. I sincerely hope our production has a lasting impact on the people who see it. I know it has on me.”

Tickets are $4 for students and children, $6 for adults and $3 for groups of 10 or more. Sales will continue through the last day of production.

Tickets may be purchased 3-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday at APSU's Theatre Box Office in the Trahern Building, Room 224. For more information on the production or for reservations, telephone (931) 221-7379. — Crissy Laubach-Young