The Adventures of Tom Sawyer opens in Bartow

Special Report
Loveable, mischievous and too smart for his own good - That’s Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. The boy deserves a spanking, and you deserve a ton of laughs. Both are being served up by The Schoolhouse Players, as they begin their 20th season. That’s right, their 20th season!
Director Charles Lewis says, “I’ve assembled a regional cast that’s a mix of seasoned actors and fresh young talent for our production of the Charles George adaptation of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.’ I’ve wanted to bring this timeless Mark Twain’s story to the stage for a long time. So, welcome Tom, Huck, Jim, Becky Thatcher and a host of other St. Petersburg Missouri folks. This story has it all – friendship, puppy love, pranks galore, and even a murder. 
Lewis’ cast is headed by Jackson Dowdy of Wrens in the title role with  Molly Rachels of Wadley as Aunt Polly. This excellent cast is rounded out with Nathan Guy Sims, Caleb Dukes, Thomas Knight, sisters Whitney and Sydney Clair Wells and Trevor Forrest of Louisville, Mary Sue Rachels and Daphne Sanders of Wadley, Emily Lloyd of Millen, and Jenna Hood of Gibson. The production boasts a Brad Smith (Bartow) set and lighting by Eddie Usry of Gibson.
The Players’ entire 20th season is packed with family-friendly entertainment. Following “Tom Sawyer” will be a revival of “Driving Miss Daisy,” with Ann Smith repeating her highly acclaimed portrayal of Miss Daisy. (While most productions use an empty stage, The Players’ present the show with full sets.) Next is “Faith County: The Saga Continues,” which is the sequel to last year’s hilarious “Faith County.” And the season closes with the musical based on the young folk’s classic ‘Madeline’s Christmas,’  featuring twelve little girls in two straight rows! Now, this is a season of family entertainment not to be missed.
Season tickets for all four shows are $40 each, a savings of $20. There are multiple options for season ticket purchase. Season tickets can be purchased at the Players’ website www.theschoolhouseplayers.org  using a credit card. The Book Worm in Louisville, Barney’s Pharmacy in Wrens, and Gunn Drugs in Wadley also sell season tickets.
Individual performance tickets are $15 each for adults and $8 for all students through grade 12. These can be purchased at the door when attending or ordered online by using the Players’ website www.theschoolhouseplayers.org.  
A group discount of one-dollar per ticket is yours for advance orders of twelve or more tickets. You can also make a donation to help support and ensure the future of The Schoolhouse Players at the website. For reservations, call (478) 364-3340 and leave a message.
The Book Worm sponsors this production, and The Players are grateful for this wonderful shop’s support, as well as for the support of other sponsors who help defray production costs. Even with everyone volunteering his/her time, it is costly presenting live theater. So, please let sponsors know you appreciate their involvement in the performing arts.
Performances are at the Mancin Auditorium, Bartow Community Center, March 17, 18, 24, 25, and 26. See our website for directions. Friday and Saturday show times are 7 p.m. and the Sunday Matinee is a 3 pm. 
The Director encourages everyone to attend this timeless classic, “Live theater, it’s like 3-D without the glasses!  See you at The Best Little Playhouse in Georgia!”