N.J. - One of the most beloved characters of American literature
comes to life in the exuberant musical, "The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer," at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey
Theatre. A pop rock Broadway version of Mark Twain's semi-autobiographical
novel is presented by Maurer Productions OnStage Fridays, Mar. 12
and 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Mar. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.;
and Sundays, Mar. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located
on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the
cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 12.
Audiences will warm to this lively tale set in 1840 in St. Petersburg,
Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Fourteen-year-old Tom is busy navigating the travails of teen life,
as he goes head-to-head with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love
with the pretty, spirited Becky Thatcher, and embarks on a grand
adventure with Becky and that irresistible rascal Huckleberry Finn.
Along the way, Tom meets a terrifying scoundrel named Injun Joe,
copes with his bratty half-brother Sid, and interacts with a host
of colorful townspeople. Based on the book by Ken Ludwig, with music
and lyrics by country songwriter Don Schlitz, this family show is
filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs that will introduce
a whole new generation to Twain's memorable characters.
Starring in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" are: Ryan McCloskey
as Tom, Albert Scerbo as Huckleberry Finn, Rosie Karlin as Aunt
Polly, Stephen Szemis as Sidney Sawyer, Scott Karlin as Judge Josiah
Thatcher, Rachel McCleary as Becky Thatcher, and Joe Zedeny as Injun
Joe. Also appearing are Marc Flicker as Muff Potter, Ray Murphy
as Reverend Joshua Sprague, Jack Petzko as Pap Finn/Sheriff, Carol
Jean Feinstein as Widow Douglas, Brian Gildea as Lemuel Dobbins,
John Russell as Gideon Temple, and Rob Gougher as Lanyard Bellamy/Doc
Featured in supporting roles are Dennis Connors, Matt Triplett,
Zachary Ryan Levine, Kiernan Matts, Dominick Sannelli, Molly Barson,
Victoria Scialfa, Alexandria Nudo, Stacy Maurer, Jeff Branin, Danielle
Grosso, Brielle Fattori, Laurie, Samantha and Charlotte Gougher,
Kathy Kutalek, Debbie Ryan and Simone Sannelli.