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BIG RIVER Opens At Hale Centre Theatre


BIG RIVER Opens At Hale Centre Theatre

Opening for it's first time at the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert is the acclaimed Broadway musical Big River! Playing April 4th, 2019 through May 11th, 2019. Directed by Tim Dietlein, Choreographed by Cambrian James, with Musical Direction by Elizabeth Spencer. Big River is a musical adventure with book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller - Yes that Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features country and bluegrass music styles to keep with the rustic and adventurous setting of the novel.

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi River as the uncontainable Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a runaway slave, escape to freedom in the North. Their adventures along the way are full of suspense, peril, humor, and at times heartbreak as Huck learns the value of keeping a promise and the importance of freedom. Propelled by an award winning score from the king of country music, Roger Miller, this soul-stirring journey is a powerful celebration of pure Americana.

The cast features Nicholas Gunnell (Huckleberry Finn), Robert Collins (Jim), Kathleen Richards (Widow Douglas), Bonnie Romney (Miss Watson), Joey Morrison (Judge Thatcher) Gary Caswell (Pap Finn), Allan DeWitt (Tom Sawyer), Nathan Spector (Ben Rogers), Nick Williams (Jo Harper), Hunter Cuison (Simon), Kale Burr (Dick), Tim Fiscus (The King), Matthew Harris (The Duke), as well as an all-star ensemble including: Tom Endicott, Maya Weber, Emily Woodward-Shaw, Annalise Decker, Savannah Alfred, Anne-Lise Koyabe, Nathan Alfred, and Pierre Brookins.

Big River is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein. The creative team includes Tim Dietlein (Director), Cambrian James (Choreographer), Elizabeth Spencer (Musical Director), Brian Daily (Set Technical Director), Tia Hawkes (Costume Designer), Tim Dietlein (Lighting Designer), Brian Daily (Master Carpenter), McKenna Carpenter & Monica Christiansen (Scenic Painters & Props), Dustin Roa (Costume Stitcher), Cambrian James (Wigs and Make-up), Justin Peterson (Stage Manager), Gary Towne (Audio Engineer & Sound Design), Lindsey Leigh Harper (Backstage Manager), Benjamin Harris (Rehearsal Assistant), Jessica Ottley (Production Assistant), Britney Carpenter (Executive Assistant).

TICKETS to Big River are on sale now and cost $40.00 for adults and $22.00 for youth (ages 5-17 years). Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (480) 497-1181, or by visiting the Box Office at 50 West Page Ave. in Historic Downtown Gilbert. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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