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Players Bringing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to Bergen County

Performances start March 22.

(Clockwise from top left) Shernetta Harris, Dave Arts, Matthew Marinich, Gabby Marinich, and Christopher Heffernan star in 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Photo by Steve Mintz.
(Clockwise from top left) Shernetta Harris, Dave Arts, Matthew Marinich, Gabby Marinich, and Christopher Heffernan star in 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Photo by Steve Mintz.
The following was submitted to Patch by the Bergen County Players.

Bergen County Players continues its "From Page to Stage" season with Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning landmark American classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" beginning Saturday, March 22 and concluding Saturday, April 12.

This timeless tale of innocence and tolerance follows the journey of a young white girl whose father has been appointed to defend a black man framed for a crime he claims he did not commit.

Performances at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($20) and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($16). Tickets may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road during regular box office hours.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" contains strong racial language.

"Ultimately it's all a matter of courage," states director Bunny Mateosian, "the notion of finding the balance between following what you think is right and seeing the world from someone else's perspective."

To tell the timeless iconic tale, Director Bunny Mateosian has assembled an extraordinary cast of local talent. Dave Arts takes on the iconic role of Atticus Finch, imparting gentle wisdom to his children Scout (Gabby Marinich) and Jem (Christopher Heffernan). Mara Karg narrates her experiences as Jean Louise, warmly remembering Dill (Matthew Marinich) and Calpurnia (Shernatta Harris) while keeping a watchful eye toward the Radley (James Parent) house. Miss Maudie (Joanne Misha), Miss Stephanie (Karin Wander), Mrs. Dubose (Iris Weinhouse), Sheriff Heck Tate (Andrew Whitney), Reverend Sykes (Ennis Williams), and Walter Cunnigham (David Luke) populate the town of Maycomb.

Bob Ewell (Howard Kerner) has accused Tom Robinson (Phil Hanna) of attacking his daughter Mayella (Rosemary DeFlorio). Judge Taylor (Kevern Cameron) presides over the trial as Mr. Gilmer (James Lesko) prosecutes Tom while Helen Robinson (Doria E. Hillsman) watches helplessly from the loft in the courtroom along with the Townspeople (Janica Carpenter, Caitlin Carpenter, Mariana Marinich, Lisa Dahlborg, Marisa Dolkart, Kelly Heffernan, and Teri Noel).

Director Bunny Mateosian of Closter is a BCP Life Member who has directed many shows in her thirty plus years with BCP.

In addition to director Bunny Mateosian, the production team for "To Kill a Mockingbird" includes Michele Roth (Producer), Margaret McDonough (Assistant to the Director), Paul Reitnauer III (Stage Manager), Robert G. Oullette (Assistant Stage Manager/Crew Chief), Michael Smith (Set Design/Construction), Ellyn Essig (Set Décor), Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Joe Halajian (Sound Design), Katie Lupfer and Lynne Lupfer (Costumes), Laura Bateman (Properties Master), Pat Bain and Rob Kopil (Props and Crew), Julie Steckler-Kopil Lighting Operation), Elisabeth Erdmann (Sound Operation), Shiva Kiani and Paige Erdmann (Makeup), Barbara Mintz, Steve Mintz and Alan Zenreich (Photography), Marci Weinstein (Bios) and Peter Colletto (Technical Advisor).

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