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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


Ryan A Schisler

Muff Potter


Jeremy Littlejohn

Aunt Polly


Sarah Philabaum



Benji Fattorusso

Judge Thatcher


Travis Smith

Becky Thatcher


Nicole Tompkins

Tom Sawyer


Justin Williams

Huckleberry Finn


Travis Cox

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

Artistic Director


Jeremy Littlejohn



Sarah Philabaum

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props


Timothy James

Technical Director


Tom Slavey



Erin Clossen

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Amber Burgess

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

Travis Cox (Huck) I love reading!  Give me a book and I devour it!  My favorite color is green, and my favorite dinosaur is the velociraptor.  Enjoy the show!





Benjamin Fattorusso (Sidney) is a 10 yr old Nappanee resident.  My favorite movie is Disney's Frozen and my favorite book is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I have 2 birds and a dog, Angel,  My favorite animals are cats and horses.  I love fried eggs and toast and the color Lime Green.  I have four older brothers & great parents.  I thank God for my acting talents.  Please sit back and enjoy the show.



Jeremy Littlejohn (Muff) Hi Everyone!  I remember reading these books 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’m quite fond of bacon cheeseburgers, baked Doritos and any form of Chinese Buffet!  Enjoy the show!





Sarah Philabaum (Aunt Polly) definitely loves anything and everything that is the color pink, especially hot pink sprinkled with glitter. Sarah enjoys reading books, hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching Broadway shows, shopping at the mall and going on adventures! It's her goal to travel around the world and see as many places as possible. Her most favorite thing in the world to do, other than eating cupcakes, is tap dancing! Enjoy the show!



Ryan A. Schisler (Mark Twain) I absolutely love video games and try to play as many as I can. Some of my favorites are The Legend Of Zelda and Halo. I also watch a lot of cartoons like Adventure Time and Looney Tunes. I think Lima Beans are nasty, but I love broccoli. I love to watch movies in my free time. One day I hope to be a big Hollywood director or actor. I hope you guys enjoy watching us sing and dance! Feel free to boogie with us as well :)



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) 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!





Nicole Tompkins (Becky) I love to sing, dance, and play pretend so it’s pretty cool I get to do that every day! My favorite color is purple and my favorite type of ice cream is black raspberry chip! I love all things Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter but I love to read anything I can get my hands on. Thanks for coming to the show, I hope you enjoy it!




Justin Williams (Tom) My favorite foods are cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets! Blue is my favorite color! I'm a huge fan of "Frozen"! Olaf and Sven are my favorite characters in the movie! I hope you enjoy the show! It is a lot of fun performing for you guys!






Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff Biographies

Amber Burgess (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theater for the incredible 2014 season.  She has been involved in theater (acting, costuming, and directing) since 1988.  Amber studied musical theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and also has a BA in Social Sciences (with an emphasis in theater) from Ashford University.  Amber has formerly worked as a costume designer with the Cincinnati Costume Company, Top Hat Productions (Marshall, MI), Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Little Theater (Jamestown, ND), Millikin University (Decatur, IL), LaMoure County Theater (ND), and The Joseph Jefferson Playmakers (Jamestown, ND).  She was taught to sew as a child by her grandmother Jan Christopherson, and was taught dress making by her aunts Betsy Davis and Susan Ely.  When not at work she enjoys quilting, running, writing, and reading. She would like to thank her high school drama teacher, Karen H Crane for giving her first job as a costume designer 20 years ago. Karen, thank you for starting me on this path and inspiring me to become the person I am today. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND and now lives in Chicago with her dog Oxford.  

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 2014 season.

Erin Clossen (Sound) is a stage manager, director, and performer originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with many professional theatres including BoarsHead Theater, Williamston Theatre, Stormfield Theatre and White Heron Theatre Company as well as with Michigan State University’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble and MSU’s Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center. Favorite past projects include Spinning Into Butter (Sarah Daniels), How I Learned to Drive (Female Greek Chorus), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Director), For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Director), Among Friends (SM), Forbidden Broadway (ASM), All Childish Things (ASM)and The High Rise: A Comedy in Mask (Co-Writer, Featured Ensemble). Erin holds a BA in Theatre from Aquinas College.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is from Anderson, SC and is pleased to be starting his career here at The Round Barn Theatre. Timothy attended Anderson University where he received a B.A. in Theater with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. While at Anderson University, he learned that his passion for theater did not simply fall into one category. He has a love for all things in the theater whether it be acting or “behind- the- scenes”. Though his passion for theater is vast, his focus still remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite shows he has had the pleasure to stage manage include The Misanthrope and A Raisin in the Sun, where he received nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, a local theater competition. He hopes to be just as successful while here at The Round Barn Theatre.  

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 27 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.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start a family of his own.


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.