First published in 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is considered to be one of America’s greatest books by today’s critics and scholars. Ernest Hemingway called it the one book from which “all modern American literature came.” While fleeing from his drunken father, young Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave. Join this unlikely pair in an unforgettable odyssey as they drift down the Mississippi River.
Huckleberry Finn is adapted by James Rana, who’s other adaptations first produced by ELTC include the well-reviewed Zorro!, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The Poe Mysteries – all enjoyed by audiences from ages 5 – 95. Among the cast are Leon Morgan, who plays Jim, and Huck is played by Evan Smilyk, who was in Zorro! The other four cast members play a variety of roles.
Wed. July 29: After-Show Opening Night Party at The Washington Street Inn, 801 Washington Street. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar AND the opportunity to mingle with actors and fellow theater lovers at no extra charge!
Fri. Aug. 7: After-Show Q&A
Fri. Aug. 28: ASL Performance
“With James Rana’s skillful writing and masterful direction from Gayle Stahlhuth, the story and its spirit come to life…The cast works together beautifully as they take on varied roles…It is certainly a trip worth taking!” – from a review by Tom Sims for “Exit Zero”
Beckley Andrews, for ELTC, played Anne in The First Fifty Years, and choreographed dances for Zorro! and the student production of The Dancing Princesses. Some favorite roles include Jenny Lind in Barnum, The Plant in The Little Shop of Horrors, and Caroline the dancing cow in the Broadway production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone. She is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Samuel Douglas Clark was in ELTC's The First FiftyYears. Before moving to NYC, he worked in Australia on a range of projects including two new works, April's Fool by David Burton, and the cabaret Often I Find That I am Naked by Fiona Sprott, both of which toured nationally. NY theater credits: The Club and Village Voices. Film/TV credits include Forever (ABC). Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Leon Morgan (Jim) is a born and raised New Yorker. A graduate of the William Esper Studio, Leon has made several appearances on television, in film, and Off-Broadway, including Gym Shorts at 777 Theater. He was in ELTC's NJ premiere of Jan Buttram's Lost on the Natchez Trace. Currently, he studies improv and sketch writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Thomas Raniszewski has appeared in several ELTC shows including Berkeley Square and Within the Law. He received critical acclaim for his role as Warren in the Philadelphia production of The Twentieth-Century Way. In May, 2013, he reunited with East Lynne's 2006 cast of Why Marry? for a staged-reading in NYC at the prestigious Players Club. Member AEA.
Evan Smilyk (Huck) was in several plays at West Cape May Elementary School in a program provided by ELTC due to funding from NJ Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival. Directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, his roles included the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. For five years, Evan participated in ELTC’s Summer Theater Workshop. Now age 14, he recently played Charlie in Willy Wonka at his school.
Marcia Sofley touring performances include Nuncrackers (Sister Amnesia) and A Christmas Carol (Belle). On TV, Marcia has investigated a murder, married a murderer, joined a cult, been assassinated and encountered some ghosts – in shows on ID, the History Channel and LMN. She performs with Repertory Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Member AEA.