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Musical Version Of Huckleberry Finn


March 3, 2009 - The theatre department at Collin College will present Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, beginning Thursday March 5, 2009 and continuing through Sunday March 15, 2009. Tickets range from $10.00 for students and seniors to $15.00 for Adults. This production presents a classic American novel with dance, music, and heart wrenching emotion.

Big River is directed by Mark Mullino, choreographed by Paula Moreland and features the musical direction of Vonda Bowling. "I hope audiences will find the power and passion in this story," says director Mark Mullino. "[The cast] has plodded through scenes as tears ran down their faces as the reality of it all sets in."

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical based on the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, with music and lyrics by Roger Miller and book by William Hauptman. Big River follows a young Huck in pre-Civil War America, where Huck is torn between the choices of living a wild, responsibility-free life with his abusive drunken father versus holding to the strict expectations of the townsfolk who have taken him in. Big River brings Mark Twain's favorite characters to life as Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape to freedom down the Mississippi River. This classic, heartwarming story is perfect for the whole family.

Big River will be presented by the Collin Theatre Center at Collin College, in the John Anthony Theatre, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano 75074. Performances are March 5-7, March 11-14 at 8 p.m., with matinees on March 8, 14-15 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for General Admission, $10 for Students and Senior Citizens (55+). Group rates are available. For tickets and other information call the Collin Theatre Hotline at 972.881.5100 or visit us on the web at

NOTE: A TTY information line for deaf patrons is available at 972.881.5117. Performances on Sunday, March 8 at 2:15 p.m. and Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. will be sign-interpreted for patrons who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

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