Stand-in stole show in YLT’s “Inherit the Wind”

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Cameron Mitchell gets a coat of makeup for his role in ‘Inherit the Wind.’

Ill health prevented the Rev. C.M. Mitzell from playing the lead role in “Inherit the Wind” in the York Little Theatre’s 25th anniversary production in 1958.
Fortunately, a competent stand-in was available.
The retired York County pastor’s son, Cameron, stepped in to play Matthew Harrison Brady in the production based on the Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tenn.
The rest of the story from “Never to be Forgotten” after intermission… .


Meanwhile, York Little Theatre www.ylt.org is working on a history book to commemorate the anniversary of the theater’s 75th season in September 2007. If you have information or research material, contact Julie Aiken at julie@ylt.org.
Cameron also stayed over for three additional days for the sold-out performances, the first time a YLT production had ever been held over.
Concerning Cameron, a newspaper reported, “He is highly regarded by his professional cohorts not only for his fine acting ability but his ability to be a nice guy in spite of the terrific pressures his profession places upon him.”
That stand-in?
Cameron Mitzell, better known as Cameron Mitchell, already established in Hollywood and later to gain TV fame in “High Chaparral.”

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