To Kill a Mockingbird – Parental Guidelines

Written by admin on January 6th, 2012. Posted in Mainstage Shows

Some material in To Kill a Mockingbird may not be appropriate for children. Asheville Community Theatre gives the show a movie rating of PG – Parental Guidance Suggested.

Adult Language

Racial slurs indicative of the time (the 1930s) and the place (the rural South) are used throughout the play; under oath in the courtroom, Tom Robinson shares a phrase he heard Bob Ewell call his daughter, Mayella – this phrase is strongly adult and potentially blasphemous


Atticus shoots and kills a rabid dog (who is never seen); Jem and Scout are attacked; another character is found dead from a knife wound


Some reference is made to drinking liquor.

Sexual References

Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell; Scout asks Jem and Calpurnia “what’s rape” (they do not reply), when she asks Atticus, he answers, “Carnal knowledge of a female by force.”