'To Kill a Mockingbird' comes alive in Monroeville

'To Kill a Mockingbird' comes alive in Monroeville
To Kill a Mockingbird comes alive in Monroeville (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Hundreds of area school children traveled to Monroeville (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Hundreds of area school children traveled to Monroeville (Source: WSFA 12 News)
A cast of 40 plus actors gathered for the annual performances (Source: WSFA 12 News)
A cast of 40 plus actors gathered for the annual performances (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONROEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - For 29 years now, actors have brought Harper Lee's famous novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" to life at the Monroe County Heritage Museum.

"If you've read the novel. This is a personal connection with the piece. I love it, and I love being part of the community," said Stephen Billy, who is directing the play for the second year.

Small town racial injustice, social inequality, good versus evil, all through the eyes of a 5-year-old child named Scout, played by Madalynn Sasser.

"It still influences me even though I've heard it many times," Sasser said.

The first act began on the outdoor stage with more than 200 students from nearby schools, all seemed to be wowed, spell bounded by the production.

"It's all your senses that you would experience and the imagery, you get it to life out here," said 9th grader Chloe Meadows.

Harper Lee died two years ago. She was 89. Lee's timeless classic continues to endure in books and on stage.

"It brings something a little different to the interpretation," said Connie Baggett, who portrayed Miss Stephanie. Baggett has been playing the role for 10 years.

The play and its message have attracted audiences far and wide - students from South Carolina and people from Australia. There's no sign of a curtain call anytime soon.

The "To Kill A Mockingbird" play first premiered in 1991 as a way to raise money to refurbish the old Monroe County Courthouse, which is now the Monroe County Heritage Museum. "To Kill A Mockingbird" was published in 1960.

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