Ashland's 'To Kill a Mockingbird': Tough to Get a Ticket
Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard
So you are planning to see "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland this winter?
You'd better get busy.
The stage adaptation of the famous Harper Lee novel, directed by Marion McClinton, begins with a preview Feb. 19, opens on Feb. 26 and runs through July 3 in the festival's indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre.
But because of extraordinary interest in the play from school groups, the festival box office already is listing the entire run as sold out, although some tickets are expected to become available as school plans change.
"I don't believe we've ever sold out so fast at the top of the season, or anytime for that matter," said Amy Richard, media and communications manager.
An outdoor production at the festival of "The Taming of the Shrew" sold out before its opening in 1967, festival records show. Over the course of its run it sold 107 percent of capacity, reflecting the fact that the festival used to sell standing-room tickets to its outdoor shows.
Richard said "Mockingbird" has attracted so many school groups because the story is taught by so many teachers. …