Summerset Theatre's 40th season brings Huckleberry Finn to the stage

FREEPORT—Highland Community College’s 40th season of the Summerset Theatre will present “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 and 2 p.m. on July 14, in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre.

Based on Mark Twain's novel, this Tony Award-winning musical follows Huck Finn on his adventures along the mighty Mississippi. "Big River" is a hilarious, suspenseful, heartwarming celebration of pure Americana - perfect for the entire family - with a jubilant score of Cajun, gospel, country, folk, and blues by country music legend Roger Miller.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the Highland box office at 815.599.3718.

Big River Cast

Huck Finn: Andrew Dorsey, Freeport

Jim: Elvert V. Williams III, Shannon

Tom Sawyer: Trent Walker, Freeport

Papp Finn: Dave Vrtol, Freeport

The Duke: Shawn Killenbeck, Freeport

The King: Andrew Reid, Freeport

Alice: Quynnetta Sanders, Freeport

Dick/Young Fool/Lafe: Korey Steil, Freeport

Sheriff Bell/Judge/SilasPhelps: Brandon Miller, Freeport

Mark Twain/Simon/Harvey Wilkes/Stage Manager: Kenji Grahame, Pearl City

Hank/Counselor Robinson: Jamie Ertmer, Dakota

Jo Harper: Logan Smith, Dakota

Doctor: Roland Toliver, Freeport

Ben: Greg Toliver, Freeport

Miss Watson: Jody Brubaker, Freeport

Widow Douglas/Sally Phelps: Lauren Sheffey, Pearl City

Strange Woman: Brittany Kieselhorst, Freeport

Mary Jane Wilkes: Elise Brubaker, Freeport

Susan Wilkes: Samantha Woodall, Rochelle

Joanna Wilkes: Haley Shores, Freeport

Tarts: Jessica Caruso, Freeport; Katherine Simler, Freeport; Alyssa Pilson, Lanark

Townspeople/chorus members: Veronica Gross, Freeport; Katelin Parkinson, Freeport; Grace Wagner, Freeport; Michaela Gilliam, Freeport; Lauren Kimpel, Freeport; Christina Kruger, Freeport; Kiley Schulz, Stockton; Annie Vrtol, Freeport; Emily Vrtol, Freeport

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