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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck

Tom Sawyer 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


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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Cast


Mark Twain


Don Hart

Muff Potter


Benjamin Lee Jackson

Aunt Polly


Sarah Philabaum



Benji Fattorusso

Judge Thatcher


Travis Smith

Becky Thatcher


Sara Bayliss Croninger

Tom Sawyer


Ryan Yoder

Huckleberry Finn


Timothy Leonard

Doc Robinson


Travis Smith

Injun Joe


Matthew C. Scott


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


Justin Detwiler

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

Sara Bayliss Croninger (Becky) I love the color turquoise and listening to music really loud in my car with the windows down!  My favorite snack is cookies with lemonade and my favorite pastime is sewing.  If I could have one super power it would be flying.  My favorite kid’s book is The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone or The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg.  I hope you enjoy the show and have lots of fun!


Benji Fattorusso (Sidney) My favorite color is orange, because I love tigers!  My favorite food is ice cream, which I enjoy eating while watching Megamind.  I love to read; especially any of the A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy.  I love my family and God.





Don Hart (Mark Twain) Hi!  Mark Twain is my favorite author, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two of my favorite books! I read them when I was 14 years old; have you read them yet?  It is a THRILL for me to portray him!  My favorite colors are green, blue and deep purple.  And I love seafood!  Enjoy the show!!!




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!


Sarah Philabaum (Aunt Polly) I really love the color pink, singing show tunes, making up dances, knitting scarves, going to the mall and reading books.  My favorite books are definitely the Harry Potter series.  Last Christmas, I even went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and had a magical time!  I’m happiest when I’m performing and hope that everyone enjoys the show!



Matthew C. Scott (Injun Joe) I love pizza and any Italian food.  My all time favorite cartoon is Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?  I loved the book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel when I was a kid.  I used to write plays and act in them when I was little.  I hope you have read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Keep reading as many books as you can.  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!




Ryan Yoder (Tom) Hey kids!  My name is Ryan Yoder, and I grew up less than an hour from here in Shipshewana, IN.  I started acting in plays at church and school when I was in second grade, and I'm really excited about doing the show for you today.  In school, my favorite subjects were reading and history.  When I'm not acting, I love to play sports, watch movies, or work on my parents' farm.  Enjoy the show today!




Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff Biographies

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2013 season.

Justin Detwiler (Technical Director) is a life long resident of Nappanee who graduated from Northwood High School in 1995. Upon graduating from high school, Justin studied at Defiance College. After studying at college for 1 year, he decided to join the working class, and spent the next 15 years working as a carpenter in the construction field. For 13 of those years, he was a job sight foreman. In 2010, Justin started his work for Amish Acres as a sub contractor. Later that season, he was named Supervisor of Property and Grounds and in January of 2013, he was named Technical Director for The Round Barn Theatre. Justin has been happily married to his wife Stacey since 2001 and they have two daughters; 9 year old Haley and 7 year old Olivia. Justin is very excited to begin his new assignment as Technical Director for the 2013 season!

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) had so much fun stage managing last year; she decided to stick around for another year! Monica grew up in Laporte, Indiana (surrounded by friends and family), then graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (where she made new friends), after which she got married (turning her best friend into her family), and now she is helping to build a bigger Round Barn family (and she hopes you will become part of it).  When she isn’t busy around the Acres she loves to read, watch cartoons and listen to stories…and storytelling is what theater is all about!  So relax and enjoy a story that Monica and her Round Barn family are about to tell you.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who is thrilled to celebrating his fifth season as Artistic Director for the RBT. Jeremy has worked at Amish Acres in three different decades both on the Joseph Stein Stage and in the Historic Area. He is probably remembered for his performance credits, but is most proud of introducing straight plays to the Round Barn audience by way of the Second Stage. He has logged nearly 800 performances of Plain and Fancy playing all of the male roles, and directed the show five times; including the 20th Anniversary season. Some of his other directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Miss Nelson is Missing, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (with Bethel College), and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”  - G.K. Chesterton

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern 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 26 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 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 Joseph 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 nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven 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 a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

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’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s 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 for children.


About the Author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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.