The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 4, 2013

Nearly 1,400 students will see classic American novel brought to life today

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
astefanoni@joplinglobe.com

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Nearly 1,400 area students will converge on Memorial Auditorium today to see Pittsburg Community Theatre perform “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time. It opens to the public Friday.

Pittsburg Community Theatre Director Tony Sanchez said such numbers for an advanced showing are a first for Pittsburg Community Theatre, and he is thrilled that teachers were so enthusiastic to integrate the performance into their literature curriculum.

“It’s a play everyone should see,” he said.

The stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird is based on a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic in modern American literature.

In another unique twist for PCT, the part of Scout is being played by child actress McKenna Shaw, and the part of Atticus is being played by McKenna’s real-life father, Greg Shaw, the director of theater at Pittsburg High School.

Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial, 503 N. Pine St. Tickets may be purchased online at www.memorialauditorium.org or by calling 620-231-7827, or at the box office inside the auditorium.