We managed Huckleberry Finn with a cast of 10 at Greenwich. There are 30 named parts in the script. Huck and Tom could be played by good child actors, but we were lucky enough to have two brilliant twenty year olds who could play younger.
There is an original score for this version of Huckleberry Finn. It was composed by Mia Soteriou and is available on DAT or cassette from Rachel Daniels. Sheet Music for the songs is also available.
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0ur hero. A boy. Can't stand to be ‘sivilised’... "so I lit out. I got into my old rags, and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied". Resourceful, restless, adventurous, honest. A good friend.
Miss Watson's black slave. Long-suffering, superstitious, wronged. A good companion to Huck. Practical, benign.
Another hero. Another boy. But elegant, intelligent, witty - with a great romantic imagination. The brains.
"...he was most 50, and he looked it. His hair was long and tangled and greasy, and hung down... There warn't no colour in his face, where his face showed; it was white... white to make a body sick - a tree-toad white, a fish-belly white..."
"...Jour printer, by trade; do a little in patent medicines; theatre-actor--tragedy, you know; take a turn at mesmerism and phrenology when there's a chance; teach singing-geography school for a change, sling a lecture sometime - Oh I do lots of things - most anything that comes handy so it ain't work..." Stylish rogue and con-man. Clever, witty, unscrupulous.
"...seventy or upwards, and had a bald head and very grey whiskers. He had an old battered-up slouch hat on and a greasy, blue
woollen shirt, and ragged old blue jeans britches stuffed into his boot tops, and an old long- tailed blue jeans coat with slick brass buttons..." A drunken, shifty, low-life con man.
An old-fashioned southern gentleman. Cruel,
mercenary, a good shot, a relentless enemy. Illiberal, prejudiced.
Eccentric leader of the Grangerford clan. Proud, generous, quixotic, gallant.
Impetuous, romantic, poetry-writing daughter of the above. Beautiful and like all her clan - batty.
Strict, God-fearing, humourless spinster sister of Huck's guardian - Widow Douglas. Undergoes a crisis of conscience about her harsh treatment of the two runaways.
Meek, anxious, fearful, god-fearing guardian of Huck.
Killed by Sherburn for being an abolitionist. A good liberal figure. Impractical idealist.
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