MONROEVILLE (October 18, 2016) Auditions will be held Saturday, November 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Mockingbird Company production of To Kill a Mockingbird, which will be staged at the Monroeville County Courthouse in April and May of 2017.
Monroeville presented the first stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1991, with a group of community actors (The Mockingbird Players) dedicated to establishing a tradition of performing the play annually, garnering national attention and establishing a draw for audiences to Monroeville. This production will be the twenty-seventh to be annually performed at the Monroeville County courthouse. In 2014, Harper Lee formed the Mockingbird Company to insure the play would continue in Monroeville under her direction.
The auditions will be held at the Monroe County School System Central Office gym, located at 109 Pickens Street in Monroeville (36340). Those interested in auditioning should prepare a short memorized monologue (under two minutes) and also be prepared to read from the play. There is no need to schedule an appointment for auditions.
This year the production has a special guest director, Greta Lambert, a name very familiar to theatre-going audiences in Alabama. Ms. Lambert, an Alabama native who is currently the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, is an actor and director who has worked at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C, Pioneer Theatre in Utah, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse and for many years been a leading actress at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she has also directed a wide range of productions from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary works.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to direct this production,” Lambert states. “Growing up in Alabama, Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird becomes such a treasured part of your identity. I am honored to become a part of the community that has maintained this tradition for so long”
To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the Deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country.
Mockingbird Company was formed by Harper Lee in 2014 to continue the ritual of the performance of the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird in its dramatization on the stage.
Audition, Play dates & Ticket information:
Cathy Baker 251.743.3386
All other questions:
Paul Fields 334.676.2999