5.14.2009

To Kill a Mockingbird

For as long as I can remember, I have loved Harper Lee's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. I love all things Scout and Atticus. I love all things Jem. I love all things Boo Radley, too. I just love the novel. I love that every time I read it, I find something new. I love that every time I read it, I cry when Tom Robinson is found guilty at his trial. I love little Dill and Aunt Rachel. I just love it-- from page one until, "...and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning." I love it all!

Every year in April and May, a group of Mockinbird fanatics and Harper Lee groupies act out the novel. This past weekend, Mat took me to see the play in Monroeville-- the hometown of the book's author and the summer home to her close friend, Truman Capote. A common misconception is that the 1962 movie was filmed in Monroeville at the Courthouse. It was not. It was filmed in California, but the courtroom used in the movie was modeled after the courthouse in Monroeville. The second act of the play was held in the courthouse-- a really neat idea, I think. The first act was held outside behind the courthouse. We had the best time roaming around the Monroe County Courthouse. There was a gift shop on the first floor, and the courtroom was on the second floor along with two exhibits. Most of the stores and shops in Monroeville weren't open because it was Sunday, but we enjoyed the quaintness of the city anyway.



The Monroe County Courthouse




Inside the courtroom




The outside set



It was a thousand degrees in Monroeville that Sunday afternoon. It was almost just like the beginning of Lee's novel was written about that very place that very day. So very hot. But, Mat decided he needed to wear his bowtie anyway. I am married to a perfect gentleman.




Every time they do the play, they choose 12 men to serve on the jury. Luck would have it, my sweet husband was chosen to serve! He was summoned by the Sheriff and everything. He was the best looking one of the whole bunch, too. And he looked the part perfectly. As I climbed the stairs to go into the courtroom for the second act, I heard an older man and lady talk quietly about "that nice looking young fellow who dressed up for the play." I even told another woman who inquired if I was the girl who "belonged to the young man in suspenders." I, of course, said yes. But quickly informed her that my husband dressed like that every day, not just for the play.




The play was wonderful. Mat even let me get a few little things at the gift shop-- my favorite of which is a small necklace with the front of the book on it. I also got two neat postcards.

Since we got married, this has been one of the most fun things we have done. It sells out every year, so I suggest you get tickets early! And go see the play!!!!! It's completely worth it. Tell Scout Whitney sent you.




1 comment:

  1. Loved your post. I teach 8th grade and have taught TKAM so many times I think I have parts memorized. But then each time I read it some new piece of brilliance emerges. My students are currently blogging with others about it at http://avoca37.org/mindcandy/

    I always wait until after they finish reading to ask my students to respond to this: Harper Lee describes To Kill a Mockingbird as a love story. Why?

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