Area high school cast, crew announced for TFAC school tour production

Published 3:43 pm Friday, September 24, 2010

As part of the 2010-2011 Arts in Education offerings, Tryon Fine Arts Center is producing a touring one act play featuring two teams of local high school actors and the writings of Mark Twain. The Mark Twain Show will be presented in elementary, middle and high schools in Polk County and District One schools in South Carolina, using a small ensemble cast from each state.

With cooperation from all schools, director Marianne Carruth auditioned high school students from throughout the foothills for this production. The cast touring in South Carolina features two Landrum High School juniors, Jerreth Emory and Liana Stadelmann, as well as Chapman High School senior Karla Nason.

The North Carolina cast features three Polk County High School students, juniors Sara Seagle and Katelyn Duncan and freshman Eli Jenkins. Working the technical and backstage side of the tour will be homeschooled high school students Alexa Hughes and Ingrid Tart-Remington.

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Each cast of three actors will play multiple roles as they present comedy and drama from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as well as portions of Twains short pieces: An Encounter with an Interviewer, The Diaries of Adam and Eve and The Legend of Sagenfeld.

Presentations to local school children ages nine to 18 are free to the schools thanks to sponsors Aoki Landscape Design and the Kirby Endowment Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation. Performances will be held the last week of October at local schools and at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

For information, call Marianne Carruth at 828-859-8322 or email