Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mark Twain

JoAn Dilweg is the instructor for "Mark Twain: The Musical and One-Act Plays by Mark Twain," a two-session class meeting on May 8th and 15th.

During the first class, NKA members viewed Mark Twain: The Musical, a stage musical biography that combines scenes from Twain's life with production numbers based on his best-loved books, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, The Innocents Abroad, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The show was performed in Elmira, New York, and in Hartford, Connecticut, and telecast on public television stations. Ms. Dilweg secured royalty permission, and the show was presented at Highland High School in Pocatello as part of the "Mark Twain Across the Curriculum" activities. Scenes from the Elmira and Highland performances were also viewed.

The second class session will consist of reading and sharing several of Twain's one-act plays. Twain's writing was influenced by his experiences as steamboat pilot, writer, lecturer, essayist, entrepreneur, traveler, and more.