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Mark Twain’s Classic Comes To ACT Stage




What mischief-maker can resist the story of Tom Sawyer tricking friends into his chore of whitewashing the picket fence?

What thrill-seeker wouldn’t be excited about a search for gold or a murder by scary old Injun Joe?

And what romantic can’t appreciate the childhood engagement of Tom and Becky Thatcher?

Mark Twain’s timeless classic, Tom Sawyer, comes alive on the stage during Archbold Community Theater’s end-ofseason production, which runs two weekends, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, and Friday- Sunday, Sept. 28-30, in Giffey Hall, Ridgeville Corners.

The production, which stars local talent of all ages, will transport audiences to the banks of the Mississippi River over 100 years ago for all the great moments of Tom Sawyer’s growing up adventures.

Eliot Pitman, Bryan, plays Tom, while Jacob Nofziger, Wauseon, stars as Huck. Other leading players include Sid Ramirez, Archbold, as Joe Harper; Claudia Seibert, Defi- ance, as Becky; Maggie Sugg, Delta, as Amy Lawrence; and Luis Kerswell, Liberty Center, as Injun Joe.

Cast members also include: Tony Stechshulte, Columbus Grove, as Muff Potter; Jake Atkins, Defiance, Ben Rogers; Beverly Beaverson, Fayette, Widow Douglas; Megan Beech, Napoleon, Susan Harper; Mark Bockelman, Napoleon, Judge Thatcher; Sarah Horner, Napoleon, Cousin Mary; Loyal Briskey, Wauseon, sheriff.

Hannah Hesterman, Napoleon, Sally; Debbie Horner, Napoleon, Aunt Polly; Drew Horner, Napoleon, Doc Robinson; Sara Leininger, Archbold, Mrs. Harper; Candice McMath, Defiance, Mrs. Walters; Emily Rose, rural Ridgeville Corners, Gracie Miller; David Stuckey, Archbold, Rev. Sprague; Chan Tinsman, Archbold, Mr. Dobbins; Peggy Wright-Patterson, Archbold, Mrs. Thatcher; A.J. Yosick, Bryan, Alfred Temple.

Townspeople are Gabriel Short, Sue Short, Meg Short, Lynne Stuckey, Ruthann Stuckey, Archbold; Rachel and Rebecca Kirkwood, Grand Rapids; Alyssa Horner, Napoleon; Cecillia Seibert, Defiance; Emily and Audra Rupp, Stryker; and Sarah Borkowski, Okolona.

Steve Van Sickle, Archbold, directs the production, assisted by his wife, Teresa, with Ed Mooney, Continental, the producer.


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