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'Big River' Tickets on Sale May 31, Summer Musical At Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


Big River: <br>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Big River:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

6/2/2011 -

Advance tickets are now on sale (starting May 31) for the summer musical theatre production of "Big River", which appears at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College on July 20 to 23. The large-scale summer musicals produced by the college's Fine & Performing Arts Division are always a highlight of the summer season and advance tickets are highly recommended.

"Big River" is a musical adaption of Mark Twain's classic novel "Huckleberry Finn". 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 that sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, and 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 Twain novel. The Broadway production of "Big River" won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Score, Best Featured Actor in A Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design.

Tickets for the NWF State College production of "Big River" are $25 for adults and $20 for youth, ages 18 and younger from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or by web at

The role "Huck Finn" will be played by Matthew Ruff of Niceville. A graduating senior at the NWFSC Collegiate High School, Ruff appeared as "Kenickie" in the college's popular production of "Grease" last summer. He has been accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Florida.

Fliery Robinson, of New York, will reprise his 1996 role as the runaway slave "Jim" in the college's musical production. Robinson, formerly of Niceville, appeared in the same role when he was student at the college and "Big River" was presented in the old gymnasium, prior to construction of the Arts Center. He is currently a recording artist and teaches in a performing arts high school in New York City.

The role of "Tom Sawyer" will be played by Jesse Hinton, a graduating Crestview High School senior who appeared as the irrepressible "Eugene" in "Grease" last summer. Hinton has been accepted as a Theater major at the University of Central Florida. Other roles in the popular musical will be portrayed by: Mark Twain/Doctor: Wright Sublette of Shalimar; Miss Watson/Sally Phelps: Anne Saxer of Mary Esther; Widow Douglas/Strange Woman: Barbara Pendergraft; Judge Thatcher/Harvey Wilkes/Silas Phelps: Clint Mahle of DeFuniak Springs; Ben Rogers/Hank/Young Fool: Stephen Shouse of Fort Walton Beach; Simon: Zach Phillips of Mary Esther; Jo Harper/Joanna Wilkes: Hannah Teal of Crestview; Pap Finn/Sheriff Bell: Mike Wright Reynolds of Fort Walton Beach; Dick/Andy: Shelby Steverson of Crestview; School Mistress/Town Counselor: Rachel Lewis of Destin; Mary Jane: Savannah Lewis of Destin; Alice: LaDonna Cole of Fort Walton Beach; Alice's Daughter: Ashley Wheeler of Fort Walton Beach. Appearing in Big River as Men are: Nathaniel Beechum, Shalimar; Tristen Allen, Fort Walton Beach; and Darion Harrington of Crestview. Appearing as Women are: Angela Yale, Destin; Celise Blackman, Fort Walton Beach; Alexis Alexander, Crestview; Laura Hernandez, Niceville and Rachael Lewis, Destin. Other cast members for the large scale musical include: King - R. J. Murdock of Fort Walton Beach; Duke- Denis J. Milonas of Mary Esther; and the role of Susan by Danielle Fox of Niceville.