Tom Sawyer A Celebration Of Childhood At The Rep


Tim McKiernan (Tom Sawyer) and Robbie Tann (Huckleberry Finn), photo by Don Ipock

When we are young, every single day appears to be bursting at the seams with potential for adventure.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre ignites that desire to get a little messy and have a lot of fun.

The imaginative adaptation of Mark Twain’s tale is a true homage to the joys of childhood.

Adapted for the stage by Laura Eason and directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, this production begins with a promise to tell a story of childhood that the whole family will adore. And it does.

While children squeal with joy as Tom and Huck get into mischief sneaking out late at night, pretending to be pirates in search for gold or even managing to get out of chores, adults get a chuckle out of the non-sense we all are guilty of committing once upon a time.

The Rep’s restaged “Tom Sawyer” is the second transfer of a Rep production to a major New York stage during artistic director Eric Rosen’s tenure at the theatre. “Tom Sawyer” will prepare for its move to New York while at Kansas City Rep where, at night, the show’s cast will perform at Spencer Theatre, and, during the day, they will rehearse the technical demands at Copaken Stage.

The cast of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” includes young adult actors Tim McKiernan as Tom Sawyer; Robbie Tann as Huckleberry Finn and Hayley Treider as Becky Thatcher, and also features Joseph Adams as Muff Potter, Justin Fuller as Joe Harper; Michael Nichols as Injun Joe/Minister/School Master, Nate Trinrud as Sid Sawyer/Doc Robinson and Nance Williamson as Aunt Polly/Widow Douglas.

Gather up your kids, your nieces and nephews or your neighbor kids and head to The Rep for what’s sure to be the best family performance of the year.

The production runs through Feb. 12 at Spencer Theatre in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus.

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