NOW PLAYING > OUR DECEMBER PRODUCTION
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
to find a motive in
this narrative will
to find a moral in
it will be banished;
to find a plot in it
will be shot.
The Heights Players is proud to present as its December offering, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With a score by Roger Miller ("King of the Road", "Little Green Apples", "Disney's Robin Hood) and book by William Hauptman, Big River took home all of the major Tony Awards in the musical categories in 1985. Since then, it has become a staple of schools and regional theatres across the country, and we are very excited to be bringing it to the Heights Players' stage for the first time.
Big River is based on one of the greatest American novels of all time, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Like the novel, our story picks up right where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer left off. We find the newly wealthy Huck living a happy, though hen-pecked life, in the care of the Widow Douglas and her sister, Miss Watson. Soon, Huck's father, the abusive Pap Finn returns, and claims Huck (and his riches) for his own. Huck runs away from Pap, and on his journey, meets a runaway slave named Jim. Huck and Jim decide they will help each other escape, and their adventure begins.
Leading the cast as Huck Finn is Jeffrey Williams, appearing for the first time on our stage. By his side as Jim is Rod Singleton (Allergist's Wife, Finian's Rainbow). The con artists known as The King and The Duke are played by Heights veterans Jay Braver and Michael Kidney. Tom Patterson (...Charlie Brown) returns to our stage as Pap Finn, Heights favorite Betsy Marra and newcomer Suzanne Pilzer take the roles of Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas, and newcomers Dustin Sorrell and Stephanie Weatherly are featured quite prominently in the roles of Tom Sawyer and Mary Jane Wilkes.
Heights audiences will also recognize Louise Parks in a featured role, and Tony Artiga, Jason Schulof, Kristen Keim, and Gail Lemelbaum in the ensemble. The cast is rounded out by Jasmine James as Alice's Daughter, and newcomers James Dirck, Julie D'Moure, Colin Godwin, Macy McNamara, Allison St. Rock, and Michael Terry.
Director Steve Velardi and choreographer Michael Kidney (both fresh off The Pajama Game at The Gallery Players) are joined by new Heights member David Carl as musical director and Cameron McIntosh as assistant director. The scenery of the Mississippi Valley is being designed by veteran Gerald Newman along with first timer Soh-Youg Lee, costume design by Aurora Dreger, lighting design by Noel MacDuffie, props by Dina Grilli, sound by Lenny Trovato. Everyone is being kept in line by the three headed stage management team of Thomas J. Kane, Elena Sartor, and Leo Contrino and general manager Corrine Contrino.
Come join us for an adventure on the mighty Mississippi! Performance dates are December 6,7,13,14,20, and 21st at 8PM, and Dec 8, 15, and 22nd at 2PM. Tickets are $25 & $23 for seniors and children under 18. Tickets can be ordered by emailing HPreservations@gmail.com or by calling (718) 237-2752. Cash, check and TDF voucher are all acceptable forms of payment. No credit cards.