The lights dim, Mark Twain’s voice softly caresses the crowd and everyone sits back as Huck Finn graces the stage at The Rose Theater! A re-telling of the classic Twain book that was once banned comes to life in a big way, as Huck Finn (Nicklaus Knipe) shows us all the true meaning of friendship and acceptance of all. His new friend Jim (Kabin Thomas) has escaped the wicked clutch of slavery and is on the run. Soon, Huck finds himself running away from home as well! Along their journey down river, they meet many new people who each have their own lesson to teach, and in the end, Huck finds himself learning the biggest lesson of all.
The cast is rounded out with some brilliant talent, such as Nils Haaland (King), Michael Miller (Duke), Robby Stone (Tom Sawyer), Jessica Burrill-Logue (Mary Jane), Autumn Simpson (Aunt Polly) and Hayley Greenstreet (Miss Watson).
This story is important to the history of this country and many others, and I think it is a pup-fect story to help kids learn about the destruction that was slavery in the United States.
Erin Bragg did a wonderful job of setting this tale in the proper time period with tattered costumes and beautiful dresses, especially Huck’s dress that Jim provides! The scenery was breathtaking thanks to Chris DePriest’s thoughtful design, be it beautiful homes or a log raft floating down the river in a foggy abyss. “Props” to all the production crew on putting together a somber set for this trip down the river.
This show taught me that acceptance is key, and in the end, we are ALL the same on the inside. I guess I will have to go apologize to that cat next door now… I am thrilled and excited that Huck Finn is playing at The Rose from February 24 to March 12. It is a chance for parents to bring their children (recommended for ages 10+) to help them learn and be educated on a story that hits home for everyone.
Under Tyrone Beasley’s direction, this show is sure to be one of the season’s best to date. Don’t miss out and get your tickets now! Just go to http://www.rosetheater.org/on-stage/season/ or call The Box Office at 402-345-4849!
Until next time,