Local talent gets call in ‘Mockingbird’
November 15, 2013 12:50PM
Conor Klump (from left) as Jem, Kamil Borowski as Atticus, and Lauren Klump as Scout. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:37AM
A number of local students are involved in Lewis University’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is being staged through Nov. 24.
The university’s Philip Lynch Theatre is presenting Harper Lee’s story, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. It is a timeless tale of the innocence of childhood and a poignant look at justice, according to a news release from Lewis, and it provides a portrait of the human spirit, as told through the eyes of a young girl growing up in fictional Maycomb, Ala., in 1935.
Told through the perspective of 8-year-old Scout (played by Lauren Klump, 10, of Plainfield), “To Kill a Mockingbird” is set in a small southern town during the Depression, the release said. Scout and her brother Jem (Lauren’s real-life brother, Conor Klump, 12, of Plainfield) are being raised by their widower father Atticus (Kamil Borowski, of Central Stickney) and by a strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia (Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook).
The cast also includes Briana Reidy of Darien (Miss Maudie), Victoria Vega of Burbank (Miss Stephanie Crawford), Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (Mrs. Dubose), Austin Hill of Naperville (Boo Radley), Annie Martello of Morris (Dill), Ralph Scott Hegland of Plainfield (Heck Tate), Griffin Fitzsimons of Bartlett (Judge Taylor), Shannon Flanagan of Chicago (the Rev. Sykes), Jordin Richards of Tinley Park (Mayella Ewell), Matthew Carlson of Lockport (Bob Ewell), and Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park (Mr. Gilmer).
Student performers Ross Reed of Country Club Hills and Kawaan Panama of Chicago are sharing the role of Tom Robinson. Students also performing in the production include Justin Anderson of Orland Park, Faith Berry of Joliet, Allie DiMiele of New Lenox, Bryan Lochner of Essex, and Adam Ronald Jezl Sikorski of Burbank.
Theatre department chair Keith White of Joliet is the director, and is leading Celeste Mackey and lighting designer Andrew Nelsen of Joliet. Theatre major Beth Sadler of Homer Glen is stage manager.
The show will run Friday through Sunday and again from Nov. 21 to 24. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. A 4 p.m. matinee will be performed on Nov. 23.
Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and $2 for Lewis students with their student IDs.
For more information, visit www.lewisu.edu/plt or call the box office at (815) 836-5500 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to reserve tickets, or email email@example.com.
The theatre is on the main campus, 1 University Parkway in Romeoville.