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“Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi” comes to The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on March 8 in next Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance

The main characters in two of Mark Twain’s classic novels come to stage in the Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance of “Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi” on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

These young adventurers— and all their friends back home in Hannibal, Missouri—form the storyline for a new foot-stompin’ musical presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

“This Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance features some of the most legendary adventures and characters in all of American literature,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events at The Center. “We fell in love with these classic storybook characters, and now we can relive their adventures on stage in a new musical play by Theatre IV.”

Theatre IV, a professional touring theatrical company based in Richmond, Virginia, brings the characters of Huck and Tom to life for another childhood adventure. In the musical, they explore the mighty Mississippi River that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

The play is based on Twain’s novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its sequel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” often called “The Great American Novel.”

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, grew up on the Mississippi River in the little town of Hannibal. He played in the river, washed in the river, and fished in the river. He did many things in his long and exciting life; he was a printer, a soldier, a reporter, and a miner. But his favorite days were spent as the captain of a Mississippi steamboat, traveling up and down the mighty Mississippi.

For tickets to the Children’s Prime Time Theatre performance of “Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi,” call The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or order online at www.centertech.com.

Show tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.

A pre-show event with interactive music featuring Jeff’s Wild Sounds and an optional dinner buffet catered by Chef Mete Sergin will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby prior to the opening of the performance.

There is no charge to attend and participate in the children’s activities, which will include a dance contest by DJ and radio personality Jeff Henderson. The cost for the dinner buffet is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

The pre-show event is sponsored by Clear Channel Lake Cumberland and Chef Mete Sergin.

The outspoken, precocious, and lovable Junie B. Jones stars in the final Children’s Prime Time Theatre show of the 2012-2013 season on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.


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