The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Directed by Kathy Cain
Musical Director Denny Vaupel
Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest creations in American fiction. This tale of adventure and self-discovery begins on a raft on the Mississippi River in the 1840s, While Huckleberry Finn continues his reckless, adventure-loving ways, his alcoholic and violent father, Pap, demands custody over the boy. Unable to prevent Pap from taking Huck, the Judge forces Huck to comply. Fearing for his life, Huck takes off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Along the way, he meets up with a runaway slave, Jim, who is trying to find his wife and children up North. Soon, Huck and Jim gain two new compatriots, the Duke and the King, who are really escaped convicts. After a series of adventures and reuniting with his best friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck discovers that Jim's slaveowner died and freed Jim in her will. Thus, Jim is free to find his wife and children on his own and Huck decides to move out West, where no one can civilize him. The story of their journey downstream is an American classic that captures the rhythms, sounds and spirit of life on the big river.
Tony Award winning score of Big River was written by Miller who was one of the great country singer-songwriters. The musical numbers include "Do You Want to Go To Heaven," "Waiting for the Light To Shine," "Hand for the Hog," "Muddy Water," "When the Sun Goes Down in the South" and "Worlds Apart."
Linda Ball * Marcia Brink * Bob Cain * Kathy Cain * Gloria Dennison * D'Ann Hamilton * Sean Henson * Laurie Hunyard * Bill Kator * Diane Luckenbill * Lana Marten * Roberta Maxfield * Sue McCue * Todd Toles * Denny Vaupel