The cast is composed of 17 people — three who are younger than 14 years. Josh Meador plays the role of Gill. Chloe Harkins is Scout and Jamie Anderson is Jem.
“We’ve got some really wonderful actors in this play,” Blythe said.
Portraying Miss Maudie is Donna Freeburn, who said Miss Maudie has a sense of humor about her and a sensitivity to the children and what’s going on in the town.
The message of the play is what makes the story so intriguing for Freeburn.
She pointed out that Scout has a line where she is talking about Boo Radley and says, “You know, he’s really nice. He’s not what I expected. He’s really nice once you get to know him.”
Atticus replies: “Most people are.”
“I think the idea of justice and fair play and looking out for each other is what attracts me to the play,” Freeburn said.
Brock plays the role of Finch, which he says is a “daunting thing, because Gregory Peck won an Oscar for that role.”
“We’re not doing the movie, so I have to go about it as I see it,” he said. “I think it’s a great role. It’s very powerful.”
He, too, likes the message of the play.
“There is sort of a live and let live and can’t we all get along (message),” he said.
He quoted a line from Finch where he says, “What Mr. Radley does may seem peculiar to us, does not seem peculiar to him.”
The play’s set is not elaborate, according to stage manager Angela Grimaldi.
“It’s three homes, just the front porches of three homes,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a tired old town.”
As stage manager, Grimaldi’s job is to make sure the play remains the same from one performance to the next. Sometimes that can be tricky. The trial scene is difficult, she said, as well as one where one of the children is involved in a fight.
Several schools have already scheduled trips to see the play, Brock said.
For ticket information and reservations, contact the box office at (800) 342-2177 or (270) 786-2177, or visit the theater’s Web site at www.kentuckyrep.org.