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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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Huck Finn

My two oldest children recently participated in a production of Huckleberry Finn.  Seth played the part of Tom Sawyer. In this scene he’s telling his buddies the rules of the Tom Sawyer’s Gang.

I rehearsed lines with both my kids for their performance, but Seth refused to act out his scenes for me.  I would yell at him, “You have to act it!  You can’t just spout your lines!!!  Act!! ACT!!!!”  He would quietly, yet slightly irritatedly reply, “Mom.  I just want to say the lines.  I’ll act it later.”  Repeat that conversation about twenty times and you have a pretty good idea of how our evening would go every time we practiced for the play.

I think you can tell from these photos that he had no problem acting his part.  Next time I’ll just shut up and let him memorize his dadgum lines. He had me laughing so hard I was crying.


There weren’t enough kids to play all the parts, so some of the kids had multiple parts.  Ellen played four different characters. In this scene she’s Aunt Sally, it was one of  my favorite scenes.  It was really sweet to see my two kids acting on stage together.

Here’s another scene with Ellen as…uh…another old lady, but I can’t remember her name.  She also played a man and an angry lady chewing tobacco and throwing a shoe.  That girl is versatile to say the least.

This is when Tom gets shot and Aunt Sally is there to take care of him. Huck Finn was played by one of Seth’s good friends, he had an immense amount of lines to memorize, I think he only stalled one time through the entire play. I was so impressed by the entire cast.

Seth’s very last line came while he was recovering from a delirious fever caused by his gun shot wound. He was to say to Huck, “We had quite an adventure Huck.”  But instead he said, “We had quite an adventure Tom…..” then he paused for a second and said, “Huck.”  The audience cracked up.  Huck Finn played it off famously and said, “Your fever must be coming back…”

Taking their bow at the end.  They worked on the play for four months and you could tell. I was so proud of all of them and the audience loved it. Bravo!  Bravo!

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