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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

April 26, 2013

Young cast excels in ‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’




The entire cast performed well, especially Louis Ruane as Tom Sawyer, and 11 year-old Joseph Damore as Huckleberry Finn. Tom Sawyer’s tattletale half brother Sid Sawyer was well played by Samson Ruane. Kirana Rogers did an excellent job of portraying Tom Sawyer’s heartthrob Becky Thatcher. Joe Harper was well portrayed by 3rd-grade student Dennis Dixon III. Much of the cast is under 16 years old.

The adults also did a fine job of rendering this American classic. Tom’s Aunt Polly was portrayed with lots of humor by Ave Warren-Perts, and that goes for Marti Milliken-Dixon as the Widow Douglas. The cast also included excellent performances by Mary Fetsko as Mary Rogers, Maximillian Ruane as Walter Potter, Lucy Ruane as Amy Lawrence, Eric Reisterer as Injun Joe, Sara Perts as Sereny Harper and Sher Kanieski as Mrs. Thatcher.

The play was performed on one set, Aunt Polly’s parlor, which set up the action well enough. Some video clips were used to show Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as pirates, and this added to the entertainment value as a break from the single set. Great period costumes were provided by Sara Perts.

This play is worth seeing not just because it does a fine job of extrapolating Mark Twain’s classic of life along the Mississippi River, but because it showcases young talent at its best. It’s fun to see so many youngsters ‘break a leg’ and actually do justice to Braun’s adaptation of “Tom Sawyer.”

The Harbor Playhouse Theatrical Playhouse Co-op is located at 341 Lake Ave. This weekend is the last time “Tom Sawyer” will be shown. It runs from today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The next Harbor Theatrical Playhouse Co-op play is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” beginning in August. Open mic nights at the Playhouse are scheduled for May 11.

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