Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) exists to enrich lives by telling stories that make audiences and participants 

OCP opened its 92nd season with To Kill a Mockingbird. This classic piece of American literature encourages audiences to think about how the present echoes the past. Chloe Irwin, a local seventh-grader, learned of the production and dreamed of playing the legendary role of “Scout.” Despite a competitive audition, she was selected to be the voice of this important character.

With the culmination of the audition process, director Ablan Roblin had a cast of 14 adults and 5 youth (ranging in age from 9 to 13) to be the vehicle of this poignant story. Ablan had the tremendous undertaking of guiding Chloe and the other young actors to grasp the complexity of the social problems woven within the text.

This meant Chloe and castmates were given the responsibility to present a piece of theatre that could potentially open the hearts and minds of their community in a significant way.

Ultimately, Omaha received the production with open arms – selling out the originally planned 19 performances as well as 3 additional shows due to the overwhelming demand. With nearly 4,500 people coming to see To Kill A Mockingbird, Chloe, Ablan, cast and crew successfully brought the lessons of justice and morality within this classic story to life.

This production made audience members think about “what it’s like to walk around in someone else’s skin.”

               -Atticus Finch

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