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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ still relevant in today’s climate

Play opens Thursday at Corinth Holders High School

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WENDELL — While it may not be ripped from today’s headlines, Corinth Holders High School drama teacher Kathryn Nixon said Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is as relevant as when she started teaching 27 years ago.

Corinth Holders presents the play adaptation of the classic this Thursday through Saturday in the school auditorium at 6875 Applewhite Road south of Wendell.

“The issues of race, segregation and isolation have been relevant in my profession since I started teaching 27 years ago, and they seem even more prevalent with kids today,” said Nixon. “ I will say that most days, I find that kids go out of their way to include others; I see little if any bullying or name-calling in my drama world.

“But I have found that kids relate to this story on some level. They know what it is like to be a Boo Radley or they know someone who has been treated unfairly. My kids want to tell this story.”

Nixon cautions parents of younger children about bringing them to see the play.

“I think the subject matter is adult-themed. We have cut out the offensive racial language but not the attitudes and racial overtones,” said Nixon “I believe that it is up to parents to talk to their children about what prejudice is before they bring younger kids.”

Nixon said the Harper Lee classic isn’t new to her or Corinth Holders students.

“I selected the play because I am an English teacher as well as a drama teacher. I picked the time of year when I knew that ninth-grade English students were reading and studying the novel to perform it so that the interest would be high at school.,” said Nixon. “I have also acted in this play myself and am very familiar with it both as an English teacher and actor.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased at http://our.show/corinth-holders-high-school/7857. Admission is $7 at the door.

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