Auditions will be held on December 19 at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center for a production of To Kill a Mockingbird. This production is part of a The Big Read grant received by The Paramount Arts Center in conjunction with partners The Boyd County Library, Ironton Briggs Library, Ashland Youth Ballet, local schools, OU Southern and the Greenup County Extension Arts Agency.
The big read is a program of the National Endowment for The Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This will be the fifth year that the Paramount has received the grant and all of the partners are very excited about the opportunities presented with “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
During the month of February, a variety of events will be going on in Ashland at various locations to celebrate the impact of To Kill a Mockingbird and to encourage people in our community. A limited number of copies of the novel will be available free of charge at the Paramount Arts Center, Boyd County and Ironton Libraries. A complete listing of events will be available in December.
Auditions are open to ages 10 through adult. This is a classic drama based on the book written by Harper Lee and calls for a large racially diverse cast. There are a few parts for children, but the director Melanie Cornelison advises that some experiences will be necessary to carry the large amount of lines and pace that the show will move.
Those auditioning will be asked to read from a script. Scripts are currently available for check-out at the Paramount box office for a deposit of $10. Scripts are due back by Friday, December 16.
At the Friday night performance of “To Kill A Mockingbird” 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 short keynote speech about her life and experiences. 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. Ms. Badham will also join us after Friday night’s performance for a reception, photographs and a meet and greet.
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 strong-minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. This is a play about racial tensions in the south and what it means to do the right thing.
Performances will be February 3 at 9:30 a.m. for a school performance 7 p.m. for Ms. Badham’s introduction and the performance and a matinee on February 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Friday evenings performance, speech and meet and greet and $20 for the Saturday matinee. ($2 extra days of show plus fees).
The Kentucky Arts Council the state arts agency supports the Paramount Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the arts. Support is also provided by the Paramount Woman’s association and private donations. Governed by the board of directors the Paramount provides all services, programs and activities equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or disability and is an equal opportunity employer. Programs and facilities are accessible to the disabled. Services include audio description for the blind and low vision, hearing amplification equipment and deaf interpretation, wheelchair access and seating. Please make requests two weeks prior to performance.