An afternoon of theater: Support sought for 2013 field trip

Laurel hill field trip

Several Laurel Hill School students have an early breakfast before boarding buses to attend the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Two busloads of Laurel Hill School students paid $16 per ticket to see The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 29 in Montgomery, Ala.

But asking them to pay $35 per ticket for a 2013 production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is just too much, English teacher Mildred Strickland said.

Strickland is pricing tickets for either of two productions of the dramatic play, based on Alabama author Harper Lee’s acclaimed novel.

“We might go to Monroeville (Ala., Lee’s hometown) to see ‘Mockingbird,’” Strickland said. She won’t receive confirmation of her ticket reservation request until after January 2013.

“If we can’t get to see it in Monroeville, the Shakespeare Festival is doing it in May,” Strickland said.

However, she hopes a business could help underwrite some of the expense, given the lower income of some Laurel Hill families.

“I hate to ask these kids for that kind of money,” she said, referencing the $35 tickets. “It’s so expensive.”

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