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April 9, 2007

Huck Finn paddles to the PAC

The adventure arrives Sunday, May 5

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The Children’s Theatre Company production of Huck Finn is coming to the Performing Arts Center in May with tickets going on sale Wednesday, April 11.

Huck Finn, Mark Twain’s classic tale, hits the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5. Performers will also be available for questions immediately following the show.

With only three actors and two musicians, audience participation is needed to “recreate the harrowing adventures of Huck, his friend Jim, and the countless quirky characters they encounter along their epic Mississippi journey,” according to the Children’s Theatre Company.

Young audience members become essential to the storytelling process, and the small cast gives “a timeless tale a contemporary life,” according to the theatre company.

The production is said to be most enjoyable for ages eight to adult, according to Colleen Compton, DC Arts Association.

“To see someone change from a traveling huckster, to a dog, to a man with a gun, to a steam boat, helps you understand the different qualities of each characterization, and it’s exciting to watch,” said Greg Banks, director.

What is unique about this particular production is the DC Arts Association is sponsoring a three-day residency, where students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge from professional performing artists.

“The arts association has made a commitment to have some type of student component every season with one of the scheduled performances,” Compton said.

Along with the residency, the students will have an early viewing of the show Friday, May 4 at no charge.

Mark Twain’s Huck Finn

The DC Performing Arts Center is hosting the Children’s Theatre Company production, Huck Finn Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. With a question and answer opportunity following.

Reserved seating tickets are on sale for DC Arts Association members today and to the public Wednesday, May 11, $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Tickets are available at the Community Education office or by calling (320) 286-4120.


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