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C H A R L E S TO N S TAG E • 3 3 R D S E A S O N • D O C K S T R E E T T H E AT R E THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

MARCH 25 - 27, 2011


Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

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Adapted from Mark Twain’s novel by Julian Wiles Direction by Drew Archer Assistant Direction by Ira Lindberg Harris • Scenic Design by Julian Wiles Lighting Design by Julian Wiles • Costume Design by Barbara Young Properties by Michael Christensen • Sound Design by Amanda Wansa Technical Direction by David N. Morgan • Production Stage Management by Anne Walker Schroth Rehearsal Stage Management by Marybeth Clark Fr

Mar. 25 7:30pm

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Mar. 26 3:00pm

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Mar. 27 3:00pm

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The Cast Susan Harper.....................................................................................................................................................Brooke Bazemore Gracie Miller......................................................................................................................................................................Anna Book Joe Harper............................................................................................................................................................................Sam Book Muff Potter..........................................................................................................................................................Lee Hollis Bussie* Tom Sawyer.......................................................................................................................................................................... Sam Cass Aunt Polly........................................................................................................................................................ Stephanie S. Faatz* Mrs. Harper / Schoolmistress.....................................................................................................................Mary-E Godfrey* Injun Joe.......................................................................................................................................................... Ira Lindberg Harris* Huck Finn.............................................................................................................................................................................. Jeb Hines Sheriff................................................................................................................................................................................... Alex James Ben Rogers.................................................................................................................................................................... Stuart James Doc Robinson / Preacher...................................................................................................................................Mikey Nagey* Jane Hardin.........................................................................................................................................................Maddy Seabrook Sid Sawyer..................................................................................................................................................................Timothy Shaw Becky Thatcher...............................................................................................................................................Anna Grace South Amy Lawrence...................................................................................................................................................Elizabeth Worthy *Members of Charleston Stage’s 2010-11 Professional Resident Acting Company

The Production Staff Director............................................................................................................................................................................Drew Archer Assistant Director..........................................................................................................................................Ira Lindberg Harris Set Designer................................................................................................................................................................... Julian Wiles Lighting Designer........................................................................................................................................................ Julian Wiles Costume Designer............................................................................................................................................... Barbara Young Property Master............................................................................................................................................... Mike Christensen Technical Director........................................................................................................................................... David N. Morgan Sound Design.......................................................................................................................................................Amanda Wansa Production Stage Manager..............................................................................................................Anne Walker Schroth Rehearsal Stage Manager...............................................................................................................................Marybeth Clark Union Stewart.............................................................................................................................................................. Chris Russell Union Flyman........................................................................................................................................................................ Joe Golz Union Sound Operator.................................................................................................................................................Joey Ferri

Scenes Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 6

Tom’s Bedroom Village Street The Schoolhouse A Graveyard Street Outside Aunt Polly’s House Jackson’s Island

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Scene 7 Jackson’s Island Scene 8 The Village Church Scene 9 Outside the Courthouse Scene 10 MacDougal’s Cave Scene 11 Outside the Church Scene 12 MacDougal’s Cave


2010/11 Charleston Stage Professional Resident Acting Company Lee Hollis Bussie (Muff Potter) Lee Hollis grew up in Round Lake Beach, IL. After high school, Lee received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University, and also received training from Chicago’s Columbia College. Past roles include: Jim in Big River, Lucien P. Smith in The Boys Next Door (Black Hills Playhouse), Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years (West Central Illinois Arts Center), Ronnie in Hair (Tibbits Opera House), Chad in All Shook Up (Summer Music Theatre), John in Miss Saigon, Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance, George in The Actors Nightmare, and Papa Ge in Once on This Island (Western Illinois University). You may have recently seen Lee Hollis as Chip Tolentino in Charleston Stage’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Stephanie S. Faatz (Aunt Polly) Stephanie grew up in Caledonia, NY. She is a 2008 graduate of Fredonia State University, where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre/Dance Minor. Post graduation, she spent a season at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN had a brief stint in Little Rock, AR at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse and has since been traipsing about the country with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and Hampstead Stage! A few favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Abilgail Adams (1776) and Mayzie La Bird (Seussical!). You may have recently seen Stephanie as Rona Lisa Peretti in Charleston Stage’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. www.stephaniefaatz.webs.com Mary-E Godfrey (Mrs. Harper / Schoolmistress)

Mary-E is from Milledgeville, GA. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BM in Music Theatre and a minor in History. Favorite roles include Sarah Jane Moore (Assassins), Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Lucy van Pelt (YAGM, Charlie Brown), the Fairy Godmother (Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), and she has sung with the jazz band for every school she’s attended since 7th grade. Mary-E is honored to be part of the first Resident Company in the historic Dock Street Theatre since its restoration. You may have recently seen Mary-E as Olive Ostrovsky in Charleston Stage’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. www.maryegodfrey.com

Ira Lindberg Harris (Injun Joe) Ira is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, and a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory. Theatre credits include: Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Ragtime), Al Calinda (Working), Captain (Anything Goes), Morocco (The Merchant of Venice), and Hans (Cabaret). In summer 2009 he was seen at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH performing as Adrian (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) and a dancing sailor in On the Town. Prior to Charleston Stage Harris understudied the role of Joe in Show Boat with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. You may have recently seen Ira as Mitch Mahoney in Charleston Stage’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. iralindbergharris.com Mikey Nagy (Doc Robinson / Preacher) Mikey is from Ohio and recently got his BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory located in Virginia. His educational credits include: Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Phil D’Armano (Lippa’s The Wild Party), Man 1-Gangster (Kiss Me, Kate), Man 2-Jordan (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Ragtime, and Thurio/Speed US (Two Gentlemen of Verona) directed and choreographed by Tony Nominee Lara Teeter. Regional credits include: King Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Judah/Calypso Soloist (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Bennie Buchsbaum (Little Me), Glad Hand (West Side Story), Lefou US (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Bud/Daisy (Bat Boy the Musical), Hairspray, The Producers, Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, and Bye Bye Birdie. You may have recently seen Mikey as Johnny in Charleston Stage’s production of Helium. www.mikeynagy.com www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183


Charleston Stage Leadership Julian Wiles

Founder and Producing Artistic Director Director, designer and playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage, Charleston’s resident professional theatre company in1978. It has since grown into South Carolina’s largest professional theatre and one of the state’s largest arts institutions. Over the past 32 years Wiles has directed and designed more than 200 productions and penned 27 original plays and musicals for the company. Wiles continues to serve as the company’s Producing Artistic Director, heading a staff of 12 full-time theatre professionals. Mr. Wiles, a South Carolina native, grew up on a cotton farm in Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University, received a history degree from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Mr. Wiles has written or adapted 27 original plays and musicals for the company including The Boy Who Stole the Stars, Nevermore! Edgar Allen Poe, the Final Mystery, The Seat of Justice, Denmark Vesey: Insurrection, Gershwin at Folly, and most recently Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus. Julian Wiles is a recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor in the arts which is awarded by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Mr. Wiles is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Marybeth Clark

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Marybeth Clark, Charleston Stage’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education is in her twelfth season with Charleston Stage. Mrs. Clark has a degree in theatre/ performance from the University of South Florida. She worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast for ten years before settling in Charleston in 1994 where she was a member of the theatre faculty at Charleston County’s School of the Arts for middle and high school students. As an actor for Charleston Stage, Ms. Clark has appeared in Helium, Moon Over Buffalo, You Can’t Take It With You and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Each summer Ms. Clark directs Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp for more than 60 young people each season. Productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s High School Musical, Guys and Dolls Jr., and Bugsy Malone Junior. Ms. Clark has directed more than a dozen MainStage and Family Series shows for Charleston Stage, most recently, Hairspray, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and Blue.

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Charleston Stage Offers Acting Classes, Outreach Workshops, and High School Apprenticeships All Year Round! Acting Classes 200+ students attend acting classes after school.

Charleston Stage’s TheatreSchool offers classes year round for students from kindergarten through high school at Charleston Stage’s Mount Pleasant Studio. Acting classes for students of all ages and abilities are taught by members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Classes range from beginning classes, performance workshops, and performance troupes. Classes culminate in miniperformances held at Charleston Stage’s Mt. Pleasant Studios. Tuition scholarships are available for need-based students. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com. Register online today at www.charlestonstage.com!

OutReach Workshops 2000+ Students enjoy these enriching workshops that are led by members of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company.

Charleston Stage’s Resident Actors bring live theatre to area schools through special outreach workshops each season. Using handson theatre techniques, they teach academic subjects, enhance lesson plans and enrich the classroom experience in such areas as: understanding Shakespeare and the Brown vs. Board of Education case. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com.

High School Apprenticeships 35+ Students participate in hands-on apprenticeships working side by side with theatre professionals.

Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program is an intensive, pre-professional, technical theatre training program FREE for more than 35 high school students a year. Apprentices learn directly from professionals about acting, set design & construction, props, costumes, stage management, lighting, sound, and special effects. TheatreWings apprentices develop strong organizational and time management skills while building relationships with fellow students from public and private schools in the tri-county area. Graduates of Charleston Stage’s TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program have gone on to appear on Broadway and television. For more information contact Marybeth Clark, Director of Education at (843) 647-7371 or mclark@charlestonstage.com. www.charlestonstage.com | (843) 577-7183


Director’s Notes I’m not sure where to start when talking about the experience of directing a show such as Tom Sawyer. From a selfish standpoint, it’s been exciting just to delve back into Mark Twain’s world. His stories, characters, and social commentary have left an indelible mark in American culture. The research alone for this project has already made the experience worthwhile. Julian Wiles’ script has provided a great framework for bringing this novel to life. The story has been streamlined to give it the appropriate runtime for this Piggly Wiggly Family Series production, while preserving many of its iconic scenes (whitewashing the fence, the cave, the funeral, Jackson’s Island) and showcasing much of Twain’s witty dialogue pulled directly from the book. It has also been a pleasure to work with so many gifted young actors during this process. They have taken on the challenge of creating this 1840’s Missouri village with energy and focus. I look forward to their work introducing audience members, some for the first time, to the adventures of Tom, Huck, Joe, Aunt Polly, Becky and Twain’s many other memorable characters. Drew Archer, Director

Special Thanks Special thanks to the TheatreWings High School Apprentices who created the quilt hanging on stage for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Coming Up Next

April 15 - May 1, 2011 Dock Street Theatre

Supporting Sponsor: Katherine Glenn

By J.M. Barrie Directed by Julian Wiles and Marybeth Clark

Fly Away at the Dock Featuring Flying by Foy, who flew Peter Pan on Broadway, five full sets, including a pirate ship, The Original Peter Pan sets sail on the seas of imagination in one of the most memorable adventure stories ever told. Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and the pirates, Tiger Lily and the Indians, a menacing crocodile and, of course, Tinkerbell for this dazzling awe-inspiring production. Adult: $38 - $52 Senior: $36 - $52 Student: $22 - $52

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