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Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck

Tom SawyerMay 11 & 20
Second Stage Productions
Adapted from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Georgette Kleier
Music & Lyrics by Bill Corcoran
Newly Revised by Jeremy Littlejohn


 

 

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

 

Mark Kosten

Aunt Polly

 

Amber Burgess

Sidney

 

Josh Hatfield

Judge Thatcher

 

Tim Becze

Becky Thatcher

 

Joelle Rassi

Tom Sawyer

 

Brett Mutter

Huckleberry Finn

 

Carl Glenn

Doc Robinson

 

Tim Becze

Injun Joe

 

Rory Dunn

 

Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Director / Choreographer

 

Amber Burgess

Music Director

 

Tim Becze

Production Stage Manager

 

Michael Redondo

Technical Director

 

Ted Lantz

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Ashley Alverth

Lighting Designer

 

Tim Becze

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

Company

A Difficult Decision (Reprise)

Tom

Independence Day

Company

Engaged (Reprise)

Becky & Tom

Missouri (Reprise)

Company

 

Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Cast Bios


Tim BeczeTim Becze (Judge Thatcher / Music Director) has been performing with The Round Barn Theatre for the past 2 years as he finished his BA in Theater from Bethel College. This year Becze is thrilled to be back at RBT working on lighting and scenic art. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends, playing music, and sleeping. 






Amber BurgessAmber Burgess
(Aunt Polly / Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas, and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5.


Rory DunnRory Dunn (Injun Joe) likes to spend his free time saving the world from whatever threat his newest video game has found for him.  When he isn’t rescuing Princesses, or grinding for killer loot, Rory can be found reading Spider-Man comics, following Luffy’s Quest for One Piece, or watching Doctor Who (if time allows it).  Rory is glad to have a chance to work with this excellent cast!

 




Carl GlennCarl Glenn (Huck) is very excited to be returning to The Round Barn! He was last seen here as an ensemble member in Mary Poppins. Other credits include Tom Sawyer in Big River at Great Plains Theare, Stan Smartley in The Character Quiz Show at Hersheypark, and Pig 2 in Shrek The Musical at Grandstreet Theare.
Web Series: Living the Dream! with Kyle and Carl. Follow Carl @carltkglenn. 






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!!!

 

 




Josh HatfieldJosh Hatfield (Sidney) As a one-time runner up in his hometown's King of Osceola contest, Josh always loved being on stage.  His mother would tell you his acting debut was the day he was born as he's always in character; however, it wasn't until 8 years old that this young Hoosier took the stage in Granger Community Church's musical production of Scrooge which earned him a regular comedy role in the children's department as “Vinny”  performing faith-based skits that teach kids how to make good choices.  Most recently Josh enjoyed getting beat up by Gaston while playing Lefou in the Elkhart Civic Theatre's Beauty and Beast Jr and as Michael Banks in last season's Mary Poppins at The Round Barn Theatre.  When not acting, engineering the next greatest invention, or playing Minecraft, Josh loves singing to music by his favorite artist Billy Joel and enjoys driving his siblings’ nuts by playing one of the many songs he knows on the ocarina.


Mark KostenMark Kosten (Muff) is happy to be making his debut performance at The Round Barn Theatre. Select Chicago theatre credits include: Pinkalicious (Peter) Cinderella (Temperance) Broadway in Chicago,The Christmas Schooner (Karl) Mercury Theatre, All Shook Up (Dean) Chicago regional premier of Rent (Ensemble) Big Noise, original cast of Ryan Scott Oliver’s The Frog Prince Continued (Tad) Emerald City, Peter Pan (Peter) Circle Theatre. Select directing credits:A Doll’s House (Assistant director to Michael Halberstam of Writer’s Theatre) The Little Prince (IHSA Regional Champion) Stage Door (Leyden Theatre) The Sound of Music (Windy City) Two People in Love (Breaking Ground Theatre Company). Select choreography credits: 9 to 5, Peter PanLittle Red’s Big Adventure (Leyden Theatre), Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, Mulan (Hester Jr. High). New to the South Bend area Mark was recently seen in The Music Man (Dance Captain) South Bend Civic Theatre, and Chicago (Billy Flynn) St. Mary’s College. Mark would like to thank Amber for this opportunity! 
All my love to Aaron. I could not be more happy to call you home.


Brett MutterBrett Mutter (Tom Sawyer) grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has recently been living in New York City. Some previous credits include: The World Premiere of Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera (Moody) with The Process Studio Theatre in NYC; The Addams Family (Fester) with The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire; and Urinetown (Bobby Strong) at Bowling Green State University, where he graduated in May of 2015. Brett is thrilled to be singing in a quartet again after spending two summers at Cedar Point Amusement Park performing in a barbershop quartet in Lusty Lil's Palace Revue.
Much love to friends, teachers, and family!


Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi (Becky) is from Milford, IN and is so pleased to be returning for her fourth season at the Round Barn.  She loved being Gingy in Shrek and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.  She will be a freshman in Show Choir this coming fall.  She loves singing, dancing, acting, and she spends all of her spare time song writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twain's Tale of Tom and Huck Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Designer) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

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 29 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.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."

 

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.