Valdosta Daily Times

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December 5, 2013

Guild makes brave choice with ‘Mockingbird’

VALDOSTA — Theatre Guild Valdosta could have picked a holiday-themed play for its December show. The downtown theatre group has often produced a Christmas play during this time of year.

This year, the Guild has opted for something different.

Tonight, TGV opens “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the story of a white Southern attorney who defends a black man wrongly accused of assaulting a white girl. The story is told through the perspective of the attorney’s young daughter who tries to understand why her father would not only take a court case that is so unpopular in their Alabama town, but why he would take a case that he knows he cannot win.

Author Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for this stunning story that was also adapted into a powerful movie. Theatre Guild Valdosta’s production seems poised to present a memorable night of community theatre.

Attorney Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout are two of the most memorable characters of 20th century fiction. The Finches and this story are memorable for many reasons.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a tale of racism, of unjust conditions, and cruel treatment, but more importantly, it is a tale of compassion, of patience, and of quiet courage. It is about doing what is right even when all of the odds are stacked against you.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a brave choice and a fine drama for Theatre Guild Valdosta.

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