DANVILLE — The Hendricks Civic Theatre will be performing “To Kill a Mockingbird” April 25-27 and May 2-4 at their location in Danville.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1961. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Many of the townspeople try to get Atticus to pull out of the trial, but he decides to go ahead.
“Everybody reads the story in school,” HCT producer and vice president Jerry Vornholt said. “I don’t think many people realize how good of a story it is. There’s so much going on with coming of age with Jem, the innocence with Scout, the racial segregation and discrimination issues with major themes ... you have to see it more than once.”
The play is directed by Theresa Pottratz who has done many productions that weren’t necessarily stage plays, but is enjoying doing this one for HCT.
“The first time I saw the show was in high school, I love this show,” she said. “I’m on the play selection committee for HCT and I’ve been very excited about doing it. We have great actors; some talented people are involved in community theatre.”
John D. Carver has been doing theatre since the second semester of his freshman year in 1969. Born in Indianapolis, he graduated from Avon High School and now lives in Greenwood. He went into business working for a major corporation during the day and moonlighting with theatre at night. He’s done local community theatre in both Indianapolis and Massachusetts, and is now playing Horace Gilmer, the prosecutor who faces off against Atticus in court in “Mockingbird.”
“Jerry called and asked if I could help find someone to design the set and I have a lot of contacts in the area, and then I called someone about lights, and now I’m a fill-in for Mr. Gilmer,” Carver said. “It’s an interesting story; it shows a lot of growth in the country from 1930s until today in our race relations.”