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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck

Second Stage Productions
Adapted from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Georgette Kleier
Music & Lyrics by Bill Corcoran



Musical Numbers
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
About the Author







Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Cast


Mark Twain


Timothy Leonard

Aunt Polly


Emily Baer



Benji Fattorusso

Becky Thatcher


Vanessa Moyen

Tom Sawyer


Benjamin Lee Jackson

Huckleberry Finn


Matt Casey

Judge Thatcher/Doc Robinson


Travis Smith

Injun Joe


Rory Dunn

Muff Potter


Jeremy Littlejohn


Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer


George Bush



Jeremy Littlejohn



Sarah Philabaum

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props


Monica Gauer

Technical Director


Ted Lantz

ASM/Sound Designer


Spencer Holdeman

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer


Jeremy Littlejohn

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones




Musical Numbers





Becky & Tom

Free, Free, Free

Tom, Huck & Twain

A Difficult Decision

Tom & Aunt Polly

River Song

Tom & Huck

Funeral Song


A Difficult Decision (Reprise)


Independence Day


Engaged (Reprise)

Becky & Tom

Missouri (Reprise)



Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Cast Bios

Emily Baer (Aunt Polly) is excited to make Tom Sawyer whitewash the fence and pour castor oil down his throat. Emily also enjoys working with Mary Kay as a consultant. She loves cats, the color pink and pandas. 





Matt Casey (Huck) Hello!  I am so excited to be able to perform this show for all of you! When I was a little bit older than you are, I saw my high school put on the musical Big River.  That show is based on the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is also written by Mark Twain and follows a different adventure of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.  It is one of the reasons I decided to be an actor and why I loving playing Huck Finn!  When I'm not performing I love to dance, play the piano and the guitar, read, and watch movies.  Enjoy the show!!!


Rory Dunn (Injun Joe) is currently 6’3”, of average build with brown hair and a boisterous laugh.  He enjoys singing, playing video games, watching Dr. Who on Netflix and is waiting patiently for his next level up.  Rory helped find Miss Nelson and can’t wait to see the mischief Tom and Huck cause.




Benji Fattorusso (Sid) is 8 years old and loves to play sports!  He loves tigers, ice cream and praying to the Lord.  He also really enjoys the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.






Benjamin Lee Jackson (Tom) Hey kids! Thanks for coming to the show today.  I hope you have fun!  Speaking of fun, there are some things I like to do for fun.  I enjoy watching Sponge Bob, doing puzzles and playing games.  The thing I enjoy most of all is taking my niece and nephew to the park!  We like to play on the monkey bars and go down the big slides.  My nephew is really good at Baseball so I have to be careful he doesn't shoot a line drive to my head!  My niece and I like to do art projects together.  She is so creative and it's a lot of fun!  But today, my hope is that YOU have fun at the show!    


Timothy Leonard (Mark Twain) has been performing for kids big and small since he was in the second grade.  When Tim was done with his homework and got a good report card, he would play video games like Super Mario and Jurassic Park on his Gameboy.  He would also carry a yo-yo in his pocket everyday.  Growing up, every time Tim went out to eat with his family, he would always get chicken tenders, no matter what restaurant it was!  Now that he is grown up, Tim wants to make everyone laugh at how silly he can be onstage, so make sure to laugh if you think it’s funny!


Jeremy Littlejohn (Muff/Artistic Director) Hi Everyone!  I remember reading this book when I was a kid 100 years ago.  I also enjoyed Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge by Judy Blume, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. KonigsburgOn T.V., I love The Simpsons, Futurama, Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!  My favorite books are Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and anything by Stephen King.  I recently started playing the PS3 Batman game, Arkham City, but I enjoy MLB The Show most of all.  I’m quite fond of bacon cheeseburgers, baked Doritos and any form of Chinese Buffet!  Enjoy the show!

Vanessa Moyen (Becky) Thanks for coming, everybody! We're so excited you're here!  In my free time, I like doing yoga, baking, eating chocolate, watching Friends, going to the beach and hanging out with friends and family. I hope you all enjoy the show!




Travis Smith (Judge Thatcher/Music Director) My favorite color is blue and my favorite food is definitely pizza!  My favorite cartoons include Spongebob Squarepants and The Simpsons.  My favorite kid's book is anything by Roald Dahl, but especially Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  I also really like anything involving Harry Potter.  I hope you enjoy the show!!  I have a lot of fun with it.  Oh, I love roller coasters too!





Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff Biographies

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in nearby Laporte, Indiana.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a B.A. in Theater Arts, after which she married her high school sweetheart.  When she was younger, Monica remembered coming to the Round Barn Theatre and now she is excited to work here behind the scenes.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Spencer Holdeman (Sound Designer) is 22 years old and was born and raised here, in Nappanee.  He attended ITT Tech and is thrilled to be spending his second season designing Sound here at the Round Barn Theatre.

Ted Lantz (Technical Director) is in his second season at the Round Barn Theatre after retiring from 34 years in Education.  He is at home on a stage, having been involved in Show Choir and Drama at Bremen High School.  A native of the Nappanee area, Ted resides with his wife, Chris, in nearby Wakarusa.  He enjoys frequent trips to his Alma Mater, Manchester College where his daughter, Kelsey, is a senior.  He especially enjoys visiting Maine, where his son, Jordan, is a student at Bowdoin College.

Sarah Philabaum (Choreographer) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre for her second season in a row! She was absolutely delighted to play Katie Yoder last year for a brief time in the 25th Anniversary production of Plain and Fancy. Sarah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is so grateful to have performed in so many different kinds of shows all across the country. Favorite roles include: Mrs. Fezziwig in the National Tour of A Christmas Carol, Woman 2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Hold Me, Touch Me in The Producers

“Many thanks to those who always believed in me and inspired me to pursue my dreams.”

Richard Pletcher (Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.


About the Author of Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck

Mark Twain (Author) On Nov. 30, 1835, the small town of Florida, Mo. witnessed the birth of its most famous son. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was welcomed into the world as the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. Little did John and Jane know, their son Samuel would one day be known as Mark Twain - America's most famous literary icon.  Approximately four years after his birth, in 1839, the Clemens family moved 35 miles east to the town of Hannibal. A growing port city that lies along the banks of the Mississippi, Hannibal was a frequent stop for steam boats arriving by both day and night from St. Louis and New Orleans.

Samuel's father was a judge, and he built a two-story frame house at 206 Hill Street in 1844. As a youngster, Samuel was kept indoors because of poor health. However, by age nine, he seemed to recover from his ailments and joined the rest of the town's children outside. He then attended a private school in Hannibal. When Samuel was 12, his father died of pneumonia, and at 13, Samuel left school to become a printer's apprentice. After two short years, he joined his brother Orion's newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. It was here that young Samuel found he enjoyed writing.  At 17, he left Hannibal behind for a printer's job in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Clemens became a river pilot's apprentice. He became a licensed river pilot in 1858. Clemens' pseudonym, Mark Twain, comes from his days as a river pilot. It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded. "Mark Twain" means that is safe to navigate.

Because the river trade was brought to a stand still by the Civil War in 1861, Clemens began working as a newspaper reporter for several newspapers all over the United States. In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children, one of whom died in infancy and two who died in their twenties. Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara's daughter died without having any children, so there are no direct descendants of Samuel Clemens living.  Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. Twain's first book, The Innocents Abroad, was published in 1869, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885. He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches. Mark Twain passed away on April 21, 1910, but has a following still today. His childhood home is open to the public as a museum in Hannibal, and Calavaras County in California holds the Calavaras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee every third weekend in May. Walking tours are given in New York City of places Twain visited near his birthday every year.