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Big River - Adventures of Huck Finn Appears July 20 - 23 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


7/11/2011 -

The hilarious adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn will be brought to life July 20 to 23 when the Fine and Performing Arts Division at Northwest Florida State College presents its large-scale summer production of the Broadway musical ‘Big River’ at 7:30 pm each night at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth, ages 18 and younger, from the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or by web at NWF State College students may obtain one free ticket per ID. In-person and phone box office hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. each night of the show. Tickets at the door are the same price as advance tickets, but subject to availability.

NWF State College’s production of the immensely popular Broadway show is propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the “King of Country Music.” This jaunty journey sweeps down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend, Jim—a runaway slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. More than 30 local actors and crew bring to life all the favorite characters from Twain’s literary adventure in this heartwarming production that is chock full of song and dance! When on Broadway, “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.

The role "Huck Finn" will be played by Matthew Ruff of Niceville. An NWF State College graduate, 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 college’s old gymnasium, prior to construction of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. He is currently 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.