Will Stutts will perform his production "Mark Twain's America" at Merrimack Hall. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited to the first 300 people. To reserve a ticket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your reservation will be confirmed by a response email. Seating will begin at 6 p.m. Will Stutts has worked longer and more in the genre of the one-person play than almost any other actor in the world. Over three decades, Stutts has appeared in 39 of the United States and three Canadian provinces, in well over 1,000 single engagements before audiences estimated to total over one million. A native of Alabama, Stutts’ second cousin was the legendary actress, Tallulah Bankhead. He attended Yale University’s School of Drama. This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more about Will Stutts Performance of "Mark Twain's America"
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's Puppet Troupe is back for another fun and busy tour with the show "Princesses, Pirates, and Buried Treasure: Fun with Tom and Friends". The show follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer and his friends Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher. Stories featured in the show: The tall tale of Stormalong, our fractured version of Rapunzel, and a fun bear hunt. Of course there will also be music, dancing, and lots of surprises! Read more about Princesses, Pirates, and Buried Treasure: Fun with Tom and Friends Puppet Show
The Becky Thatcher Tea Party is for ages 5-8 and will generate excitement for the characters in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Attendees will enjoy a real tea service with an etiquette coach to provide tips on the proper behavior at the table. Space is limited; please contact the Gurley Branch Library at 256-776-2102 for more information. Read more about Becky Thatcher Tea Party
Dr. Mattie Thomas, Chair of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Telecommunications, will give a lecture entitled,“Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain's Good-Bad Boy.” Daniel Peck claims that Mark Twain wrote Tom Sawyer in the context of the "good boy-bad boy" moralistic literature such as Thomas Bailey Aldrich's The Story of a Bad Boy. The "bad boy" tradition, according to Peck, follows several paradigms of youthful behavior. There is the "good boy" represented by Sid, Tom's half brother, and the "bad boy" represented by Tom. Tom, however, is a combination of the "bad boy" and the "good boy." In Tom Sawyer, Twain has a "bad boy," but not an outsider like Huckleberry Finn. He is both an outsider and an insider who is able to challenge his society while working within it. Read more about A&M Books & Coffee Discussion Series with Lecture by Dr. Mattie Thomas