Tom and Huckleberry is an ideal musical for schools and amateur companies as there are plenty of ensemble songs and no fewer than 23 individual speaking parts. The show was written by Mike Carter and John Lazenby in 1981 and has enjoyed considerable success ever since.
The time is approximately 1850; the setting: St Petersburg, a small town basking upon the banks of the great Mississippi River. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his brother, Sid, in a small house overlooking the side-walk. It is summer, and Tom’s main preoccupation is playing truant from school, so he joins the homeless outcast, Huck Finn, along the banks of The Mississippi in search of adventure. It is on just such a quest that, one night in the graveyard, the two bays unwittingly witness a horrific murder that is to change their lives for ever.
Minimum cast size 25. But the show works very well with a larger cast.
Number of individual speaking parts: 23
Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools
Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes
A backing CD of this show is available.