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February 5, 2009

The Maycomb County Courthouse Backdrop Takes Shape

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 1:19 pm

At the center of many southern towns stands the county courthouse,  often the most majestic structure in the county.  It’s often the town’s major landmark and a symbol of pride.  So when Charleston Stage’s resident scenic designer Stefanie Christensen and I began talking about To Kill A Mockingbird, we thought it would be a perfect touch to put the Maycomb County courthouse (the fictional setting for To Kill A Mockingbird) at the center of our set.  Fortunately, Stefanie is a talented scenic artist, that’s her below working on the courthouse backdrop she’s creating for To Kill A Mockingbird.  Though not finished, it’s quite majestic, standing over 30 feet tall. Some might be surprised to learn that all of our sets here at Charleston Stage are unique and original and built right here in Charleston.  When we get the script for a show we don’t get set designs and we don’t copy designs from other productions.  This allows us to use our imagination to create something new and exciting for every production and I think for To Kill A Mockingbird, you’ll see that Stefanie and her technical staff  have created something very evocative of a southern small town.  Julian Wiles, Director

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