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Date & Time: Sunday, December 3, 2017
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Mount Wachusett Community College: Main building
Room 182
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Sponsored by: Theatre at the Mount
Description: Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

Director  Peter Landry
Music Director  Bob Healy
Choreographer  Alison Laverdiere Hall

CAST REQUIREMENTS  looking for a large ethnically diverse cast of 40
(Please review character descriptions below).

Where: Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When: Sunday December 3rd @ 6PM, Monday December 4th @ 7PM
Callbacks if needed: Wednesday December 6th @ 7PM

For the auditions all should:
1. Prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and ability preferably from the show (score will be available). Sheet music required if you decide to do a song not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.
2. Wear comfortable clothing for a movement/dance audition.

Performance Dates: February 23, 24, March 2, 3 @ 8PM, March 4 @ 2 PM
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Primary days Sundays 6-9pm; Mondays and Wednesdays 7-10pm. There will be double rehearsals on some Sundays as we get closer to performances. A calendar will be available at the auditions to review and compare with your personal calendar to define possible conflicts.


Important Note: The role of Jim has already been cast.


Huck Finn. (Lead) Male 16-25, High Baritone or Tenor/Baritone: A bright, cocksure, mischievous, hopeful, rough and tumble near-orphan who was taken in and "civilized" by Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. Prefers freedom to domestic life

Widow Douglas (Supporting) Female, 40-60 (Alto/Mezzo): A strict but loving woman who has taken in Huck as his guardian.

Miss Watson (Supporting) Female, 40-60 (Mezzo-Soprano): Widow Douglas' sister. A strict and traditional woman that helps to raise Huck.

Duke (Supporting) Male 35-55 (Tenor): A broken down Over the Top actor turned con artist.

King (Supporting) Male, 40-60 (Baritone): Escaped convict and con artist.

Tom Sawyer (Supporting) Male 16-25 (Tenor): Hucks friend and adventurer. He is clever, energetic, overly dramatic and a great story teller.

Pap Finn (Supporting) Male 40-60 (Baritone): A vagabond drunkard who loves whiskey and hates the government. He wants to get a hold of Hucks Money.

Mary Jane Wilkes (Supporting) Female 16-25 (Mezzo B2 to E4): The grieving and pretty eldest girl of the wealthy Peter Wilkes who recently passed away.

Susan & Joanna Wilkes (Supporting) Female 16-25: Mary Janes sisters.

Judge Thatcher (Supporting) Male 45-65: A man with high respect for the letter of the law and the trustee for managing Hucks money.

Young Fool (Supporting) Male 15-20 (Tenor D3 to E4): A young man who loves gossip.

Ben, Dick, Simon, Jo Harper (Supporting) Male & Female, 16-25: Hucks Schoolmates.

Slave Ensemble Soloists: (2 African American female soloists) Age open, strong Gospel style vocalists. One sings lead in The Crossing The other sings lead in How Blest We Are.

Townspeople & Slave Ensemble (All Ethnicities, All Vocal Ranges, Ages 16 and Up): Male & Female Singing ensemble with playing many roles consisting of slaves, townspeople, tarts, mourners and hired hands The following roles will be assigned within the ensemble: Aunt Sally, Uncle Silas, Hank, Lafe, Doctor, Mark Twain, Andy, Sheriff Bell, Harvey Wilkes, Counselor Robinson, Alice, Alices Daughter, Servant and Strange Woman.

There are 3 Onstage Musicians: a Fiddle Player, Guitar Player, and a Harmonica Player.

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at

More Information: Website:
Phone: 978-630-9162
Entered by: Gail M Steele

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