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Valhalla's WCC Presents 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Westchester Community College will present a production of Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Westchester Community College will present a production of Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." Photo Credit: Nashville Theatre

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College presents the National Players’ dramatic production of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus.

Published in 1960, this Southern Gothic novel was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize and becoming a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors.

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "'To Kill a Mockingbird' is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.” The primary themes involve racial injustice and issues of class, courage, compassion and gender roles in the American South. The book is widely taught in schools through lessons that emphasize tolerance and decry prejudice.  In its 66th season, The National Players are presenting innovative productions all across the United States. Its self-sufficient approach to theater engages audiences and examines the intersection of literature and contemporary life. The National Players make the classics current. The troupe’s productions adhere to strict traditions of touring theater. Company members double and triple, not only in roles, but technical assignments such as lighting, sound, costumes, setup and strike.  Tickets are $22 (general admission), $20 (for students/seniors/faculty-staff) and $16 (for children younger than 13). Tickets can either be purchased in advance by mailing with a check or by cash at the box office 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time.

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