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1992 - 1993

Big River

Big River is a rollicking musical adaptation of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Set in the 1840s, Big River takes the audience on a journey down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim, the runaway slave. Their trip is full of adventure as they face the challenges of the river and encounter the many interesting characters created by Twain. Their raft is commandeered by two con artists known as The King and The Duke. Jim is sold back into slavery, only to be rescued by Huck and his pal Tom Sawyer.

As the journey continues, Huck feels better about protecting Jim and helping him get to the "free states" to be reunited with his wife and children. Despite the prejudice of the age, he realizes that it's all right to stand up for your own beliefs and to respect and care for someone of a different colour.

Director: Michael Gareau

Musical Director: Marlene Hudson

Choreographer: Aileen Szkwarek


Al Bullock

Pap Finn, Sheriff Bell, chorus

Alex Latoche

A Young Fool, chorus

Anne Montgomery

Miss Watson, chorus

Barry Caiger

The Duke, chorus

Brian Burke

Judge Thatcher, Counsellor Robinson, chorus

Christine Moran

Mary Jane Wilkes, chorus

Frank Duern

Huckleberry Finn

Gary King

Mark Twain, Doctor, chorus

Jim Robertson

The King, chorus

Joanne John

Alice, the Wilkes' Slave, chorus

Kate Kerr

Sally Phelps, chorus

Laura Charles

Strange Woman, chorus

Mark Munday

Harvey Wilkes, Silas Phelps, chorus

Nicole Brooks

Alice's Daughter, chorus

Peter Kealey

Tom Sawyer, chorus

Robert McColman


Sharon O'Neil

Widow Douglas, chorus

Andrew Hunter


Cindy Harrison


Debbie Guilbeault


Guylaine Roy


Jason Spence


Jennie Esnard


John Burgess-Murray


Keith Woleston


Kraig Proulx


Laura Caswell



Art Whitehead

House Manager (Orpheus)

Barbara Seeton

Make-up Designer

Bev Whitehead

Costume Designer

Bill Butterworth

Sound Technician

Carol Chamberlain

Assistant Stage Manager

Cathy McKechnie

Properties Mistress

David Magladry

Lighting Designer

Don Lambton

Stage Manager

Drum Hudson

Production Coordinator

Frank Burke

Sound Technician

John Solman

Master Carpenter, Workshop Chairman

Lorna Rice


Melva Scott

Make-up Designer

Nancy Solman

Set Designer, Scenic Artist

Pat McKinna


Patti Mordasewicz

Production Assistant

Peter Messier

House Manager (Adult High School)

Students of Adult High School Hair Styling Program

Hair Styling

Tricia Ballotta

Ticket Manager

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