On Monroeville actually - if you don't know - they very much wanted to film the
movie in Monroeville but the courthouse there was still a working courthouse.
So they went to Monroeville and pretty much "lived" there for a bit of time (Gregory
Peck causing quite a sensation!). The courthouse is now a museum but is unchanged - it
is lovely and does look identical to what was used in the movie as they reproduced it
for the film. So the play didn't have to reproduce anything - they just used the natural
set. It was there for them!
Monroeville is about 3 hours south of Birmingham (going towards Mobile) in what we
call LA (lower Alabama). It is directly west of Elamville (where my husband grew up) and
yes there were little Brocks as understudies in the play. As Amy noted on her blog, the
area looks just like my husband's home area. (flat!) Birmingham is in the foothills of
the Appalachian mountains - we have lovely hills but in south Alabama it is flat and sandy.
And hot. Well, it's hot all over Alabama! They have cotton there too and we saw some
growing as we drove down.
Oh and the Mockingbird is a major symbol of the South.