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‘Mockingbird’ Comes To Oswego Stage

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Players cast members are deep in rehearsal for the dramatic and thought-provoking, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The story depicts prejudice and inequality as written in 1961 by Harper Lee, and remains a reflection on justice and humanity in even our more enlightened times today, “civilized” and “tolerant” as we perceive ourselves to be.

The character of Atticus Finch, played in this incarnation by Wayne Mosher, has served as a moral hero for many readers and a model of integrity for lawyers.

Scholars have noted that Lee addresses further issues in the Deep South in the 1930s, i.e. class, courage, compassion and gender roles.

Directed by Bobby Fontana, with able assistance from Norman Berlin III, this selection will prove a challenging follow-up to last season’s well- received, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Mosher’s stage children, Scout and Jem are played by Madeline Reister and Will Bandla.

The remainder of the cast (with their character names in parenthesis) are Troy Pepper (Tom Robinson), Quinn Etchie (Jean Louise Finch), Shana White (Calpurnia), Kelly Mahan (Miss Maudie), Peter Mahan (Heck Tate), Beverly Murtha (Miss Stephanie), Ashley Murtha (Maybella Ewell), Marsha Preston (Mrs. Dubose), Richard Mosher (Nate and Boo Radley), Larry Rose (Judge Taylor), Hunter Schaffer (Dill), Scott Bandla (Bob Ewell), Kyle Walton (Walter Cunningham), Paul Steffens (Mr. Gilmer) and Sherod Laliveres (Rev. Sykes).

Steven Mahan will be supplying backstage voices.

“Mockingbird” is slated to open April 8 at 8 p.m., with additional performances April 9, 15 and 16 also at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets prices are $10/adults, $8/seniors and $7/students. They may be reserved by calling the Players’ Box Office at 315-343-5138.