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Dill (Rhett Waller) and Scout (Maddie Groh) converse during "To Kill a Mockingbird." Young actors Jayden Jech and Calli Hughes also star in these roles.

Phoenix stages a classic

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The experience of performing in Phoenix Theatre's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is dramatically different, depending on the actor's age and background.

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For adult actors with real-life knowledge of the civil rights movement, it's an opportunity to pay homage to what they consider one of the finest books ever written.

For a young black man, it's a chance to remind people how devastating and unfair racial prejudice can be.

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