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‘Mockingbird’ will run through Nov. 7 at playhouse
Assistant director Heatherly Nelson, left, talks to Hannah Rose Broom while other cast members prepare for a dress rehearsal. - photo by Autumn McBride

At a glance

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will run at 3 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Nov. 7. Tickets are $15, or $10 for seniors 60 or older, groups of 25 or more and students. They can be purchased online at

Racial injustice, coming of age, and the love of fathers are just some of the themes explored in the current Cumming Playhouse show.

Off Broadway Productions began a seven-day run Friday of the Southern classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The novel by Harper Lee is also being featured in this year’s Forsyth Reads Together, a program of the Forsyth library system that promotes community-wide reading and literary enrichment.

“We’re very proud to bring this great show to the playhouse and be a part of the reading program,” said director Colleen Quigley Green. “It’s a classic.”

The story follows Scout, a young girl growing up in Alabama in the 1930s, and her father Atticus Finch, a local attorney who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Many of the townspeople violently oppose Atticus’ defense, but he stands his ground, all while wisely guiding Scout and her brother, Jem, through a number of life lessons.

The script, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, has a grown-up version of Scout guiding audiences through her memories of the summer of the racially-charged trial.

“You can’t fit an entire book into a play, but this adaption has been around many years and is well known,” Green said.

The cast of about 17 have “been great,” she said.

Ashley Foreman, 13, who plays the young Scout, said this is her second time playing the role.

“I enjoy acting like a tom boy, I guess because I kind of am a tom boy,” Foreman said. “I like how innocent [Scout] is and how curious she is. She’s always asking why.”

Vanessa Cowie, who works with the Forsyth library system, portrays Mrs. Dubose, the Finches “ill-tempered neighbor.”

She said her role at the library helped her prepare for her on-stage role.

“You read books and want to pretend you’re a part of them,” she said.

Atticus Finch is portrayed by Gary Heffelfinger, who said he first read the book in the 10th grade. He said the role is one he’s wanted to play, especially since becoming a father.

“It’s an actor’s role and the ultimate father role,” he said.