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'Tom Sawyer:' Independently seamless on stage

As the old adage goes, ‘it takes a village’ to do most anything – including putting on a show.  This is especially true when that show is a musical.  There are parts and pieces that must work independently yet seamlessly together.

The ensemble members in Halifax County Little Theatre’s production of “Tom Sawyer” agree.  While each plays their role as a character, their voice and their presence on stage add to the overall picture the audience sees.  

The reasons for participating are as varied as the cast.   

Emily Martin said that she’s involved, “Because I did theatre in high school, and since college I wanted to be included again.”

Halifax County High School senior Elisabeth Brogden, agreed. “It’s fun working with my family [her father, mother and sister are involved in the production] because it’s a family show, and we spend a lot of time together.  Also, the other cast members become a part of your ‘theatre’ family as well.”

Others are involved because of the classic storyline that is “Tom Sawyer.”

“The music and songs are wonderful.  It’s a new version of a classic story,” said Sharon Brogden.

Lydia Snead feels the same way. “’Tom Sawyer’ is ageless — it’s been around forever.”

To see all the pieces come together — the hard work of so many coming to fruition – is not only entertaining but also worthwhile.

Chris Long said, “People should come support their community, because the talent is rich and well worth your time.”

Halifax County Little Theatre’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” will continue with shows on Friday and Saturday evening on Thanksgiving weekend and Sunday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. The show will conclude the following weekend with 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are selling at The Prizery box office (572-8339) and online at