One Read Livingston County kicked off its month-long schedule of events pertaining to the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird this past Sunday (March 10).
The kickoff event featured a live skit, consisting of local actors, and depicting a pivotal trial scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of American literary fiction.
Sue Bachman directed the skit. The following actors participated:
Prosecuting Attorney Mr. Horace Gilmer — Michael Leamer
Judge John Taylor — Tom Chapman
Bob Ewell — Mike Hibner
Mayella Ewell — Jenna Holmer
Tom Robinson — Leon Walter, Jr.
Atticus Finch — Clay Jensen
Dill — Will Kieffer
Jem — Cody Kennebeck
Scout — Micah Hibner.
A group of localites assisted the production as jurors. Jason Benson played a supporting role.
Tonight (Tuesday, March 12), at 6 p.m., the Livingston County Library will play host to "Trial and Error," a program with Sean O'Brien — UMKC professor and nationally-known attorney — which discusses his experiences with cases similar to the one depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird.
On Tuesday, March 26, at noon, a discussion of the book will be held in the library.
Thursday, March 28, at noon, a Cultural Luncheon will be held, featuring Quin Gresham, director of Arrow Rock's Lyceum Theatre's production of To Kill a Mockingbird. The library will also be hosting this event.
Another book discussion will take place in the library on Tuesday, April 2, starting at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, April 7, One Read will wrap up its month-long festivities with a showing of the 1962 major motion picture adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Grand Six Theater. The time for this showing is yet to be announced.
All of the aforementioned events are free and open to the public. One Read Livingston County -- under the mantra of "One Community, One Book" -- is sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston County Library and the B&B Theatres—-Chillicothe Grand Six.