If there was ever a play that would draw thespian Becky Smith out of retirement, it would have to be Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
And so it goes ...
On Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. at Rohs Opera House, To Kill a Mockingbird will open for Student Night with $5 open seating. Friday and Saturday seating is $10 for 7:30 p.m. showings. There is also a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. for which tickets are also $10.
Cynthiana’s To Kill a Mockingbird not only welcomes Smith back into the theatre, it also brings together three fellow Harrison County Junior High Speech Team members from 1971.
Smith, the show’s director, Nell Anne Gossett, who started out as an assistant director but due to a cast member having to drop out, she picked up the part of Jean Louise or Scout, and Jody Hendricks, who takes on the role of Atticus Finch.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a narrative brought to life through the words of Scout. It’s set in the south in the 1930s and addresses prejudices and social snobbery through the performance of the 18-member cast.
Smith, who admits to having a personal attachment of the show, said it was early in her own life when she was first introduced to To Kill a Mockingbird.
She wrote book reports, then watched enthralled when the movie was released. She also directed To Kill a Mockingbird at Woodland Theatre in the Park several years ago.
“It’s awesome that my theatre journey as come back to directing a show in my hometown,” Smith said.
She applauded the local talent pool -- from the actors to the set design.
She said the set is beautifully designed and crafted by Charlotte Molley, designer, and Teryl Tribble, master carpenter.
Cast members are: Nell Anne Gossett as Jean Louise; Joe D. Hendricks, Atticus; Liza Jane Gossett, Scout; Wylie Caudill, Jem; Max Sparks, Dill; Katelyn Stein, Calpurnia; Robin Glascock, Maudie Atkinson; Lisa Ridenour, Stephanie Crawford; Angela Curtis, Mrs. Dubose; Daniel Klapheke, Nathan/Boo Radley; Joe Warden, Heck Tate; Mike Jones, Tom Robinson; James Smith, Bob Ewell; Josie Valentine, Mayella Ewell; Gil Rognstad, Mrs. Gilmor; Michael Bess, Walter Cunningham; Bob Laytart, Judge Taylor; and Josh Ritchie, Farmer/court clerk/voices.
“I can’t believe it’s finally here,” Smith said of the approaching show.