Mark Twain Show
Running Time: About 35-40 minutes
Flexible cast of 3, 2 Male, 1 Female
Easily adapted for larger cast
ACTOR 1: (M)
Plays MARK TWAIN, BEN ROGERS, KING HUBERT, COLONEL SHERBURN; also acts as NARRATOR.
ACTOR 2: (F)
Plays HARRIETTE THE REPORTER, JESS, PEASANT MAID, EVE; also acts as NARRATOR.
ACTOR 3: (M)
Plays MARK TWAIN, TOM SAWYER, DONKEY, ADAM, BOGGS; also acts as NARRATOR.
Fun Script For Teens & Kids!
Comic Satire Sagenfeld! Scene from Adam and Eve!
Tryon Fine Arts Center, High School Performers
THE MARK TWAIN SHOW
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, original background music
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (original music written for the play) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
1. FLOURISH (0:24)
2. LAZY SUMMER MUSIC (1:00)
3. STEAMBOAT SOUNDS (0:32)
4. LAZY, TOM SAWYER CLOSE (0:53)
5. SAGANFELD OPENING, MUSIC (0:44)
6. FLOURISH, SAGANFELD CLOSE (0:27)
7. VOICE OF GOD, NIAGRA FALLS (1:07)
8. HUCK FINN OPENING (1:16)
9. BOGGS SCENE (1:01)
10. HUCK FINN CLOSE (0:49)
11. COMET, TWAIN CLOSE (1:20)
Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.
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Mark Twain Show's Talented Young Cast!
Tyler Texas Civic Theatre Troupe, The Mark Twain Show
The cast may be easily enlarged to a Large Cast!
THE MARK TWAIN SHOW
The Mark Twain Show contains many scenes from the author's work. Some are High comedy and others are quite dramatic. Here's a scene you might find familiar, from Tom Sawyer...
ACTOR 2: (Reads.) "Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life." (Moves around STAGE and gestures as the action she describes takes place. To AUDIENCE.) Tom Sawyer appeared on the sidewalk... (ACTOR 3 appears as TOM.) ...with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. (ACTOR 1 hands him these things, then EXITS.) He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him.
ACTOR 3/TOM: Thirty yards of fence! Betcha its nine feet high. (Does the following as ACTOR 2 speaks following lines.)
ACTOR 2: (To AUDIENCE.) Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank, repeated the operation, then sat down on a tree-box, discouraged.
(ACTOR 2 EXITS to become JESSICA.)
TOM: (Groans and drops his brush in the bucket, then sits with his head in his hands.) Aw, shucks.
ACTOR 2/JESS: (ACTOR 2 has become JESS by putting on a cap. She too has a bucket. ENTERS singing.) Buffalo Gals, woncha come out tonight? Come out tonight! Come out tonight! Oh, Buffalo Gals, woncha come out tonight and dance by the light of the moooon?
TOM: Say, uh, Jess...
JESS: (Smiles, coquettish.) Yeah, Tom?
TOM: Ill fetch the water for ya if youll whitewash some.
JESS: (Shakes her head.) Cant, Tom. Aunt Polly, she told me to go and get this water and not to stop to fool around with anybody. She says she expected Tom was going to ask me to whitewash some, and so she told me to go along and tend to my own business.
TOM: Oh, never mind what she said. Thats the way she always talks. Gimme the bucket. I wont be gone only a minute. She wont ever know.
JESS: Oh, I better not, Tom. Aunt Polly, shed tear my head off a me. Indeed she would!
TOM: Aw! She never licks anybody. Whacks em over the head with her thimbleand who cares for that, Id like to know. She talks awful, but her talk dont hurt.
JESS: But, Tom, Im powerful afraid of Aunt Polly. (They have a tug of war over the bucket.)
TOM: (Gives up. Thinks.) If you let me fetch the water, Ill show you my sore toe.
ACTOR 1: (ENTERS. To AUDIENCE.) Well, Jess was only human, and this attraction was too much for her. (TOM starts to take off his shoe. Both huddle over the toe. JESS is very interested. Still huddled over, speaks as Aunt Polly, in falsetto.) Tom! Thomas! (EXITS to become BEN.)
TOM: (Looks up, startled. Looks off as if he "sees" Aunt Polly in the distance.) Oh!
JESS: (As if to the unseen Aunt Polly.) Oh, how dee do, Miss Polly. I was just&ldots; just...
(JESS Runs OFF in fear. TOM smiles falsely and waves to the unseen Aunt Polly, following her as she "passes by," pretending to be working very hard. When she has gone, he sits on the cube and throws his brush in the bucket again and groans.)
ACTOR 2/NARRATOR: (ENTERS as NARRATOR again, carrying a triangle or a small bell. To AUDIENCE.) Tom tried again, but his energy did not last. He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied. At this dark and hopeless moment an inspiration burst upon him... (Hits a triangle "ding" as TOMS face suddenly brightens with an idea.) Nothing less than a great, magnificent inspiration! (TOMS energy is renewed as he paints again. Now he works happily. Soon ACTOR 1 ENTERS up the aisle from the AUDIENCE, carrying an apple.) Presently, Ben Rogers hove into sight. The very boy of all boys, whose ridicule Tom had been dreading.
(ACTOR 1/BEN enters, chomping on an apple.)
ACTOR 1/BEN: Hi-ya! Youre up a stump, aint you! (TOM continues to act as if he is enjoying himself, humming happily. Sees BENS juicy apple but doesnt let BEN notice.) Hello, old chap, you got to work, hey?
TOM: (Pretends not to have noticed BEN until now.) Why, its you, Ben! I warnt noticing.
BEN: (Shows off.) Say, Im going in a-swimming, I am. Dont you wish you could? But of course youd druther workwouldnt you? Course you would!
TOM: What do you call work?
BEN: (Dull.) Why, aint that work?
TOM: Well, maybe it is, and maybe it aint. All I know is, it suits Tom Sawyer.
BEN: Oh, come now, you dont mean to let on that you like it?
TOM: (Continues to brush enthusiastically.) Like it? Well, I dont see why I oughtnt to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?
BEN: (Watches TOM earnestly, nibbling his apple and trying to get this straight. He considers, then speaks.) Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.
TOM: (Considers but shakes his head.) No. No, I reckon it wouldnt do, Ben. You see, Aunt Pollys awful particular about this fence. Its got to be done very careful. I reckon there aint one boy in a thousand, maybe two thousand, that can do it the way its got to be done.
BEN: Is that so? Oh, come on now, lemme just try. Only just a little. Id let you, if you was me, Tom.
TOM: Ben, Id like to, honest. But, Aunt Pollywell, Jess wanted to do it, and she wouldnt let her. Now, dont you see how Im fixed? If you was to tackle this fence, and if anything was to happen to it
BEN: Oh, shucks, Ill be just as careful. Now lemme try. Say, Ill give you the core of my apple.
TOM: (Acts reluctant.) Well... here... (Starts to hand brush but pulls it back.) No, Ben, now dont. Im afeard...
BEN: Ill give you all my apple!
TOM: (Hides his smile.) Well, okay.
(MUSIC that introduced the scene is heard as ACTOR 2 narrates. TOM has lovely time munching away as BEN works.)
Note: This is a sample from the actual script. To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download).
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