The Alabama Shakespeare Festival Opens its 20012-13 Season with Mark Twain’s THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

September 20, 2012




Meg Lewis 

Director of Marketing & Communications 

(334) 271-5326 



Thursday, September 20, 2012 


The Alabama Shakespeare Festival Opens its 20012-13 Season with 


Adapted by Laura Eason 


Montgomery, AL - 

The waters of the mighty Mississippi will flow through the stage of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival when Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer comes to the theatre October 3-20. Public performances will take place at 2 p.m.  and 7:30 p.m.  on October  6, 13 and 20. The remainder of the performances is scheduled for Schoolfest, ASF’s student matinee program. 


Tickets for the public shows may be obtained by calling 1.800.841.4273, visiting online at or in person at the ASF box office located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park. Information for Schoolfest productions is available by contacting 334.271.5345. 


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted for the stage by Laura Eason, tells the classic tale of two of the nineteenth century’s best known teens, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who seek hidden treasure, witness a murder, attend their own funerals, and get lost in a maze of caves as they try to stay one step ahead of the evil Injun Joe. The adaptation stays true to Mark Twain’s engaging language, characters, setting and fast moving adventure.  


Eason’s adaptation is making the rounds across the country where it has delighted adults and children alike at major theatres such as the Denver Theatre Center, the New Vic in New York City and the Hartford Stage, where the show was commissioned and first produced. 


The New York Times raved that Eason’s adaptation is “sassy, ingeniously staged and deeply affecting.” Denver Westward Arts declared the play is “terrific” and filled with “energy and charm.” 


The cast includes Jim Staudt as Tom Sawyer and David Umansky as Huck Finn. Performing in a variety of roles will be Seth Andrew Bridges, Michelle Geisler, James Hall, Jason Martin, Chris Pappas and JillianWalker.  


All of the performers in the play are part of ASF’s renowned Professional Intern Acting Company. The actors were picked from hundreds who auditioned in New York City this summer.  In addition to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the company members will perform in a variety of plays at ASF throughout the 2012-13 season. 


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is directed by ASF’s associate artistic director Nancy Rominger. Rominger directed last season’s hit comedy The Thirty Nine Steps. 


Other artistic staff include Peter Hicks (Scenic Design), Elizabeth Novak (Costume Design), Tom Rodman (Lighting Design) and Brett Rominger (Composer and Sound Design). Dr. Susan Willis will serve as dramaturge and the play will be stage managed by Hannah-Jean Farris. 

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program/project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.                                                          # # # 






Alabama Shakespeare Festival

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Media Contact: 

Meg Lewis 

Director of Marketing & Communications

(334) 271-5326 


RE:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,  Oct 6 – 20 Saturdays ONLY! 



ASF brings you and an adventure as mighty as the Mississippi! Tom and Huck are just one step ahead of danger! Treasure, murder and their own funeral bring them to the edge of disaster. From the greatest American humorist of all time comes this tale of danger and adventure, rich with unforgettable images of life on the Mississippi. Only Six Performances! For more information call800.841.4273 or visit  

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