Harper Lee’s coming of age story set against the backdrop of 1930s Alabama explores themes of racial inequality, class, gender, and family. Classic Repertory Company delves into this timeless story to ask the question – what has kept this book in American classrooms for over fifty years? Suitable for grades 6 and up
Student and Teacher Feedback
“I realized that people can change with a little bit of chance, time and lessons”
– 7th grade student
“There is still racism and prejudice today in the world around me, and the lessons that Scout learns in this book can be useful in real life”
– 8th grade student
“It taught me to have empathy and to look before I leap”
-6th grade student
“I learned that you don’t need a lot of costumes, fancy backdrops, and a big cast to put on a wonderful play”
-8th grade student
“The play was very immersive, it made me feel like I was right there”
-9th grade student
“The way Atticus explains the perspectives of others is a meaningful message that I am able to apply to my daily life”
-11th grade student
“Expertly done! The cast was superb and interacted well with the students”
“Our students were highly engaged in the performance”
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Alex Deroo makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Alex graduated from Salem State University in 2016 with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He is originally from Reading, MA. Recent credits include Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Alex is extremely excited to bring the classic works of William Shakespeare and Harper Lee to students who are currently studying these amazing writers.
Lillian Gomes makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include Exit Strategy (Zeitgeist Stage Company) and The Threepenny Opera (Bridgewater State University). Lillian recently earned her BA in Communications and Theatre from Bridgewater State University.
Chris Kandra makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Chris just graduated from Salem State with a BFA in Theatre Arts with a performance concentration and spent the summer touring with Speak About It, a show about consent and sex-positive communication for high-school and college students. He is most excited to be bringing Shakespeare and classic literature to the stage and enabling people to appreciate these wonderful pieces outside a conventional classroom! He is originally from Westford, MA.
Sarah Morrisette makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Recent credits include: All in the Timing and Doubt: a Parable (Newton Nomadic Theater), Macbeth (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), My Children, My Africa!, Psychosis 4:48 and The Bacchae (Ithaca College) and As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ithaca Shakespeare Company). Sarah received her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and is a graduate of the internship program at the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Ms. Maudie/Mayella Ewell
Ms. Maudie/Mayella Ewell
Emma Tayce Palmer makes her New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Emma is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Emma grew up surrounded by a diverse artistic community that cultivated her love of storytelling from many points of view. Emma has trained in both contemporary and classical acting at the Guthrie, Boston University, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Recent credits include Tanya in Punk Rock and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard.
Adrian Peguero makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Adrian is a recent graduate from Salem State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Recent credits include: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), The Seagull (Sorin), Angels in America Part One (Belize), and The Grapes of Wrath (Jim Casy). Adrian is most excited about making Shakespeare and theatre more accessible to those around us.
Slava Tchoul makes his New Repertory Theatre debut as a member of the 2017-2018 Classic Repertory Company tour. Slava graduated from UMass Amherst a little over a year ago with a BA in Theatre. Recent credits include Circle Up (Youth Underground at Central Square Theatre), All’s Well that Ends Well (Vermont Theatre Company), and Love and Information (University of Massachusetts).
CLAY HOPPER has directed A Number on New Rep’s mainstage, as well as Classic Repertory Company’s Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, and Great Expectations. In Washington D.C., he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival. He now serves as lecturer in Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University’s School of Theatre. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Amadeus, Farragut North, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild (Olney Theatre). Other recent credits include On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning (Contemporary American Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab). Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without and Different Zen (Third Eye Rep); Earthworms (The Working Group); and Triage and The Interrogation (The Miranda Theatre).