Cast, Director and Artistic Crew
A great American classic and one of the most beloved coming-of-age novels ever written, Harper Lee’s moving tale of life in rural Alabama during the Depression is filled with heartache and joy, conflict and conciliation. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from March 1 through March 22, 2008.
It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from March 27 through April 13. The Tucson production underwriters for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD are Chase, The Stonewall Foundation, Elizabeth Cochran, Dr. Mary Jo Ghory and Mary & Robert Wolk, and the Phoenix production underwriter is Chase. Arizona Theatre Company’s season underwriters are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.
The cast of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
The cast features new faces, as well as returning favorites.
(Photo) John Rensenhouse and Daria LeGrand in Arizona Theatre Company's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
John Rensenhouse (Atticus Finch) recently finished a stint with the national tour of The Lion King and also toured nationally with the Broadway production of Noises Off. Mr. Rensenhouse has performed at many regional theatres including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage. Mr. Rensenhouse is a graduate of The Orme School in Mayer, Arizona.
Wendy Robie (Jean Louise) previously appeared at ATC in The Heidi Chronicles and Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright. She most recently appeared in Brian Bedford’s King Lear at the 2007 Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. Other credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Phoenix Theatre.
Daria Legrand (Scout) is 12 years old and lives in the Kansas City area where she has been seen in numerous productions including the world premiere musicals The Happy Elf (composed by Harry Connick, Jr.) and Geppetto and Son (composed by Stephen Schwartz) at The Coterie Theatre; and Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz at Starlight Theatre.
(Photo) Adam Moffitt, Christopher Moffitt and Daria LeGrand in Arizona Theatre Company's
Adam Moffitt (Jem) recently appeared as JoJo in Seussical with Childsplay, The Sound of Music and Camelot at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, and several shows at Valley Youth Theatre. Mr. Moffitt is 13 and an eighth grade student at Tempe Preparatory Academy. Christopher Moffitt (Dill) has appeared as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre, The Will Rogers Follies at Phoenix Theatre, The Quiltmaker’s Gift at Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company, and in several shows with Valley Youth Theatre. Mr. Moffitt is nine, and in fourth grade at Ward Traditional Academy in Tempe.
(Photo) Roberto Guajardo, James T. Alfred and John Rensenhouse in Arizona Theatre Company's
Roberto Guajardo (Mr. Radley/Judge Taylor) most recently appeared at ATC in Molly’s Delicious. Other ATC productions include Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Macbeth, Over the Moon, and Much Ado About Nothing among many others. Other regional appearances include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mr. Guajardo has also worked extensively throughout Arizona, including performances at Invisible Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, The Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Actor’s Lab, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Actors Theatre and Phoenix Theatre.
Julia Lema (Calpurnia) has previous appeared at ATC in Crowns, Swinging on a Star and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Her credits include performances in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dreamgirls, and Stormy Weather: Imagining Lena Horne.
Cale Epps (Mr. Gilmer) appeared in ATC’s Twelfth Night. Other recent credits include the title role in Macbeth with Southwest Shakespeare Company and The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman with Actors Theatre. Mr. Epps has worked extensively throughout Arizona, including performances with Shakespeare Sedona, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Childsplay, Stray Cat Theatre, Nearly Naked Theatre and Blackball Ensemble.
David Alexander Johnston (Boo Radley/Walter Cunningham) was last seen at ATC in The Fantasticks. Other ATC credits include Much Ado About Nothing and My Fair Lady. He has performed locally with Arizona Opera, The Rogue Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre, and Arizona Onstage Productions, among others.
Mike Lawler (Sheriff Heck Tate) appeared in ATC’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has also performed with Phoenix Theatre, Actors Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company and Canyon Moon Theatre in Sedona.
Bruce Nelson (Reverend Sykes) returns to ATC, having previously appeared in The Robber Bridegroom, My Fair Lady and You Can’t Take It With You.
The artistic team for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
The team includes Hugh Landwehr (Set Designer), who designed Twelfth Night for ATC last season. He designed the Broadway productions of Frozen, Bus Stop, All My Sons and A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway, he designed Last Easter, Scattergood, The Entertainer and Candide, among others.
His regional theatre work includes productions at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre and ACT Theatre; Sam Fleming (Costume Designer) returns to ATC, where she designed Bad Dates, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Wit and Proof. She has designed costumes at theatres across the country including the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, ACT Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She is the Associate Costume Designer for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway; Dennis Parichy (Lighting Designer) designed ATC’s productions of The Pajama Game, Twelfth Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, Talley’s Folly, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ghosts, the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and others. He has worked on Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and in regional theatre and opera.
Mr. Parichy’s Broadway credits include Talley’s Folly (Tony nomination), Crimes of the Heart, As Is, Burn This, Penn & Teller: The Refrigerator Tour, Redwood Curtain (Tony nomination), Coastal Disturbances, The Water Engine and Fifth of July (Tony nomination); Peter Ostroushko (Composer) is most well-known for his 33-year association as musician, radio actor and occasional Musical Director with Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio show.
He also has had a successful touring career performing concerts all over North America and as far as Moscow. He has written theatre scores for Arizona Theatre Company (The Seagull), The Children’s Theater Company, ACT Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre and numerous others. His music is often used by filmmaker Ken Burns in his films. In the past year, his music was heard in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion and Sean Penn’s Into the Wild. John Story (Sound Designer) designed Jitney at ATC last season. He serves as Sound Supervisor for Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the UMKC Department of Theatre. Dianne Winslow (Dialect Coach) returns to ATC after serving as dialect coach for I Am My Own Wife, Pride and Prejudice, Oh Coward!, A Streetcar Named Desire, and My Fair Lady among others. Ms. Winslow is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona and Associate Artistic Director of the UA School of Theatre Arts’ Arizona Repertory Theatre.
Brent Gibbs (Fight Director) most recently choreographed the fights for ATC’s Twelfth Night. He serves on the Theatre Arts faculty at the University of Arizona where he teaches Acting and Stage Combat and serves as Artistic Director. He is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors. Bruno Ingram (Stage Manager) is the Stage Manager and Glenn Bruner is the Assistant Stage Manager.
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All Tucson, AZ performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the Box Office at (520) 622-2823.
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