February 2 - February 3
Paramount Arts Center | 1300 Winchester Avenue | Ashland, KY
We are very excited to announce that Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the 1962 movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird will be joining us to introduce the play and give a keynote speech about her life and experiences. This is a once in a life time opportunity! Mary Badham is an American actress, known for her portrayal of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the time, Badham (aged 10) was the youngest actress ever nominated in this category.
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town, but, from the start, there’s a rumble of thunder justunder the calm surface of the life here. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout’s father and she doesn’t know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicablyhostile and Scout doesn’t understand this either. Unpleasant things are shouted and the bewildered girl turns to her father. Atticus, a layer, explains that he’s defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he’s doing it. “Because if I didn’t,” her father replies, “I couldn’t hold my head up.” When she asks why take on such a hopeless fight – the time of the play is 1935 – he tells her, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason not to try.” He goes on to prepare Scout for the trouble to come. “We’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends.” Things do get bitter to the point where Atticus props himself in a chair against the cell door of the man he’s defending and confronts an angry mob. Horrified Scout projects herself into this confrontation, and her inconvenient presence helps bring back a little sanity. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, “Stand up. Your father’s passing!”
$20 Thursday $30 Friday w/Special Guest Keynote Speaker, Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the 1962 movie version of To Kill A Mockingbird.
*$2 extra day of show
For more information or tickets please visit www.paramountartscenter.com or call 606.324.0007.