‘Big River’ to be Performed in Bedell Oct. 24-28

Photo of Southeast students in a production.

“Big River,” the first performance in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, will be presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Theatre & Dance Department in cooperation with the Department of Music Oct. 24-28.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 3, 2007 — “Big River,” the first performance in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Center on River Campus, will be presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Theatre & Dance Department in cooperation with the Department of Music Oct. 24-28.

“Big River,” the musical adapted from the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by

Mar. Twain, with music and lyrics written by Roger Miller, is – most appropriately – the first major presentation in River Campus’ Bedell Performance Hall. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 24-27 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. 

This high-spirited show includes social and historical relevance that ensures to hold every eye captive in the audience. Huckleberry Finn’s alcoholic and violent father, Pap, demands custody of Huck. After the Judge forces Huck to comply, in fear for his life, Huck travels by raft down the Mississippi River where he meets runaway slave, Jim. Jim is searching for his wife and children up North. As Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape to freedom, their adventures are entertaining, suspenseful and heartwarming.

In the end, when Huck reunites with his dear friend Tom Sawyer, he learns that Jim’s slave owner died and freed Jim in her will. Thus, Jim is at liberty to find his wife and children on his own and Huck decides to move out West, where no one can civilize him.

For Big River tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651- 2265 or go Metrotix.