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‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ opens

From left, Isaac Biggs, Sloane Morton, Jack Riley and Nathanial Dani in PAG's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" which opens today.
Karen Busse/PAG | Karen Busse/PAG

The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild opens its summer production “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Summer in Hannibal” today with a special preview performance at 7 p.m.

Written by Mila Johansen and based on Mark Twain’s classic book, “Summer in Hannibal” features 29 young thespians. The play takes place in Hannibal, Mo., the town where Mark Twain was raised. He said that he was inspired by his own experiences and the experiences of the boys he knew.

Johansen added a special twist, having Samuel Clemens as a young boy present in the play for some of the scenes and then writing them down for his future readers.



This is a delightful script about the everyday life and times of people in a period that emulated the easy flow of the Mississippi River.

These adventures of a young, mischievous boy remind us all of the rambunctious spirit of exploration that guided our own childhoods, according to its director, Paulette Rudolph.




PAG’s “Summer in Hannibal” features witty dialogues, an array of interesting characters and suspense, along with music and songs to enhance the audience’s experience.

Johansen is the artistic director and choreographer, costumes are by Jeannine Watson, and original music was written by Beverly Marks and Johansen.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 28.

Tonight’s special preview is only $5. All other performances are $10 for adults in advance, or $12 at the door, $4 for children 12 and under in advance or $6 at the door.

Tickets are available at The Book Seller, BriarPatch Co-op and The Center for the Arts Box Office in Grass Valley, 530-274-8384, ext. 14, or online at http://thecenterforthe arts.org/tickets/. There is a special morning performance at 10 a.m. Wednesday for all area summer schools, youth day care, youth/senior organizations and family groups for $5 a person.

Call 530-277-7100 for reservations.

Walk-ins are welcome, call first. There are no advance tickets for this performance; patrons pay at the door.

All shows are at The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org/ or email ptrudolph@sbcglobal.net.


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