The Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University theatre programs partnered to produce and perform To Kill a Mockingbird. The play is adapted by Christopher Sergel from the classic novel by Harper Lee. The show was performed Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016, in OBU’s Verser Theatre and Oct. 6-10, 2016, in HSU’s Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre.
The two universities have combined both performing and technical resources to produce the gripping story of a young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, in Maycomb, Ala., who witness their father, Atticus, deal with racial prejudices. The siblings learn about social injustice through their father and experience the cruelty and kindness of the world for themselves.
Cast members include: Emma Pitts as Scout Finch; Graham Garrison as Jem Finch; Koty Mansfield as Atticus Finch; Sharayah Wallace as Calpurnia; Jacey Russell as Maudie Atkinson; Meagan Woodard as Stephanie Crawford; Magee-Lee Preston as Mrs. Dubose; Kyle Chassells as Arthur “Boo” Radley; Blake Abbott as Nathan Radley/Clerk; Anthony McBride as Charles Baker “Dill” Harris; Joseph Kalinowski as Heck Tate; Bryant Curtis as Judge Taylor; Jawuan Litzsey as Reverend Sykes; Mackenzie Holtzclaw as Mayella Ewell; Damien Freeman as Bob Ewell; Colin Perry as Walter Cunningham; Scotty Scott as Mr. Gilmer; Philip Robinson as Tom Robinson; and Cedar Valdez as Link Deas.
The Townspeople/Ensemble cast include: CJ Bernard, Aaron Charles, Madison Moore, Savannah Reynolds, and Jhonika Wright.
Members of the crew include: Director and Sound Designer--HSU Professor Dr. Claudia Beach; Stage Manager--Brittany Carter; Assistant Stage Manager--Nadalie Gill; Scenic Designer--OBU Professor Eric Phillips; Associate Technical Director--HSU Professor Douglas Gilpin; Lighting Designer--Jennings Johnson; Costume & Makeup Designers-- HSU Professor William Henshaw and OBU Assistant Professor Christina Johnson; Light Operation--Nicolas Bius; Sound Operation--Courtney Palsa; Props/Set--Andrew Martin and Georgeann Burbank; Costumes--Jess Elliff and Tyler Felton; Makeup--Misty Frazier and Lauren Terry.