The national tour of “To Kill A Mockingbird” debuted on Sunday, March 27 at none other than Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and it’s not the first show to make its debut in the Queen City.

To Kill A Mockingbird is an adaptation of the famous book by Harper Lee, and it’s a reminder that you should not judge someone by the color of their skin, but other qualities that are on the surface, like the way someone talks, how someone responds to a seemingly simple situation, and more. 

As you will hear Atticus Finch say in the show, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” 

He’s right, and deep down we all know that. However, there are people who still do not hesitate to post their judgments of others on the internet and spread rumors about their neighbors when it is unlikely that they have “climbed into their skin and walked around in it,” to truly understand where someone is coming from and the life background that brought them to where they are today.

Okay, moving on from the tangent.

Atticus Finch is a character that makes you move to the edge of your seats and hang onto every last word. When you see To Kill A Mockingbird at Shea’s, you may notice that Atticus Finch is played by someone that is a bit of a Hollywood superstar – Richard Thomas, who is famous for his role as John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama called The Waltons. 

Thomas won an Emmy Award from two nominations for the role, and he received two Golden Globe Award nominations. 

If you see To Kill A Mockingbird this weekend in Buffalo, you will be one of the first to see the national debut of the show tour. The producers chose Buffalo as their tour starting point because of the historically engaged audiences and the way people respond to the energy of the play. The cast and crew also gave nods to the Buffalo downtown area (and how everything is close by) and the talented staff members who help to put on those productions at Shea’s.

You can’t deny that Buffalo is a theater town, with shows at Shea’s constantly filling up the audience seats. 

This is the third tour to kick off in Buffalo this season alone, following Frozen and Tootsie, which were on the Shea’s stage in the fall. 

You can see To Kill A Mockingbird at Shea’s through Saturday, April 2.

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