Local actors master latest ‘Mockingbird'

Published 11:03 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2006

By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
Another season of &#8220To Kill A Mockingbird” has come to an end in Monroeville, but it has made a big difference in the lives of some Brewton people.
With the exception of Monroeville itself, Brewton has the most representatives acting in the play, which has an annual run the last of April and throughout May.
The play takes place in 1935 in a small Alabama town where a black man has been accused of a crime. A white, highly respected lawyer, Atticus Finch, is his attorney. It is a story that takes place during the Great Depression dealing with prejudice, injustice, courage and love.
Over the last several years, Brewton has contributed actors to the play and on the last night's run on May 20, 2006, six people were in the cast.
Scout was played by Katie Baggett; Jem by Joseph Billy, Dill by Coale Jordan, the prosecuting attorney by Steven Billy, a morphine addicted old lady by Connie Baggett and last, but certainly not least, Dawn Wiggins Hare as the local gossip, Miss Stephanie. And who could forget the voice of Jacquelyn Lancaster Nettles, who also grew up in Brewton and is the music director of the wonderful choir?
In addition to those who acted in the play on Saturday, there are others who were the characters on other occasions. Patrick Weaver and Stephen Billy alternated with Joseph Billy as Jem.
A very special guest was introduced at the end of the play. Mary Badham, who played the original Scout in the movie starring Gregory Peck, was on hand to congratulate the cast.

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