Through a generous grant from the Batesville Community Education Foundation, approximately 175 sophomores, their teachers, parent chaperones, and their principal attended “To Kill a Mockingbird” on February 17. The adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel was brought to life on the main stage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis.
Here’s what the English department had to say after the trip:
“Watching the story come to life on the stage helped to enhance the students’ understanding of the classic coming-of-age novel’s themes such as division among social classes and racism in the segregated south of the 1930s. One student observed that she understood the role of the narrator better after actually seeing her tell the story on stage. Another student liked watching the facial expressions of the characters during the tension-filled courtroom scene. Art truly leads to better understanding. After the show, one student who readily admits that he doesn’t like to read (and was not thrilled about the theatre trip) revealed that he actually enjoyed it. Without the support and generosity of the BCEF, many students would never have this novel-to-theatre experience. Thank you, BCEF.”