Featuring a cast of more than 20, the Purdue Calumet Theatre Company is bringing to its campus stage one of America’s most widely-read novels about racial injustice, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Performances are scheduled in the Student Union & Library’s YJean Chambers Hall:
• Sunday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.;
• Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.; and
• Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The performances celebrate the 50th anniversary of author Harper Lee’s publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and literary classic about racial inequality, discrimination, courage, compassion and the destruction of innocence in America’s Deep South during the Great Depression.
Director and Purdue Calumet Instructor Corya Channing says the Purdue Calumet performance “is very true” to both the book and 1962 Oscar-winning film of the same title. “The audience will be reminded of what a great and powerful story it is and how relevant it continues to be, even 50 years later,” she added.
Comprising the cast are Purdue Calumet students, employees, employee family members and students from area schools.
“I asked the cast what they think is distinctive about our performance,” Channing said, “and their response was that the diversity we have in our cast reflects the very ideals the play expresses: learning to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. We are a large, diverse and cohesive group whose sole purpose is to bring this worthy story to life.”
Purdue Calumet student Dante Silguero of Dyer portrays middle-aged lawyer Atticus Finch, court-appointed to defend black man Tom Robinson (Curtis Lewis of Lansing, Ill., who was accused of raping young white woman Mayella Ewell (Brandy Thornberry of Gary).
Other Purdue Calumet student performers are: Juan Gomez (Hammond), portraying reclusive Boo Radley; Jazmin Barnett-Birdsong, Mike Solberg, Adriana Rodriguez and Kristen Saldivar (Hammond); Amanda Tomczak (Griffith); Kevin Badten (Dyer); Troy Yeager (Valparaiso); Ferdinand Alvarez (Portage); SungMin Lim (Gary); Tanner Ollo (Munster); and Patrick Hughes (Steger, Ill.).
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for Purdue Calumet students displaying their university ID card and youngsters 12-to-17-years-old. Tickets can be purchased and reservations made by phoning 219/989-2357.