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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck

Tom SawyerMay 8, 21 & 22
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

 

Travis Bird

Aunt Polly

 

Sarah Philabaum

Sidney

 

Benjamin Fattorusso

Judge Thatcher

 

Travis Smith

Becky Thatcher

 

Nicole Tompkins

Tom Sawyer

 

Justin Williams

Huckleberry Finn

 

Travis Cox

Doc Robinson

 

Travis Smith

Injun Joe

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

 

Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Choreographer

 

Sarah Philabaum

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Timothy James

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

 

 

Musical Numbers

 

Missouri

Company

Engaged

Becky & Tom

Free, Free, Free

Tom, Huck & Twain

A Difficult Decision

Tom & Aunt Polly

River Song

Tom & Huck

Funeral Song

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A Difficult Decision (Reprise)

Tom

Independence Day

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Engaged (Reprise)

Becky & Tom

Missouri (Reprise)

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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Cast Bios


Travis BirdTravis Bird (Muff) My favorite activity is singing and dancing with friends!  I enjoy eating tacos or pasta with alfredo sauce.  I like the color purple, and I like silver more than gold. The cartoons I love watching the most are Disney movies or The Christmas Classics.  That reminds me, my favorite time of year is Christmas! I really hope you have fun during our show! Thanks for coming!





Amish AcresTravis 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!

 

 

 

 

Amish AcresBenjamin Fattorusso (Sidney) is an 11 yr old Nappanee resident.  His favorite movie is Disney's Frozen and favorite book is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. He has 2 birds and a dog, Angel, but his favorite animals are cats and horses.  He loves fried eggs and toast and the color Lime Green.  He has four older brothers & great parents.  He thanks God for his acting talents and hopes you enjoy the show!

 



Don HartDon Hart (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!!!

 

 

 


Amish AcresJeremy Littlejohn (Injun Joe / Director) 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!

 

 

Amish AcresSarah Philabaum (Aunt Polly / Choreographer) 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!

 

 

Amish AcresTravis 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!

 

 

 

 

Amish AcresNicole 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!

 

 

 

Amish AcresJustin 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 2015 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 research) 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. To view a portforlio, or inquire about costume rentals, visit www.amberburgess.com.

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today. 
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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 with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. 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 rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 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 at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina 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 Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 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 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.