Director Stephen Bourneuf thinks its important to understand Twain in order to follow the spirit of the story. Mark Twain set out to write a simple boys book in a light, comic tone that would take Huck from one escapade to another, he writes in his production notes. What he ended up with was a boys exciting, unpredictable journey along the Mississippi Valley searching for freedom from so-called respectable ways; the very complexities of society that Twain wrestled to make sense of his whole life.
Big River will be presented nightly (except Mondays) through August 9; admission is $27 (preview) to $55 for adults and half-price for children. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard; for reservations and more information about family nights and other special events, go to www.arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: July 14. Continues through Aug. 9, 2009