Musical comes to Tucumcari

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun

A classic Mark Twain novel hits the stage in Tucumcari on Tuesday.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the musical, will be presented community and local schools.

Danny Tippett, 24, plays Tom Sawyer in the musical. He said the show is fun for people of all ages.
“It’s so playful, this show,” said Tippett, who said the adventures, fights, lessons and of course love scene — the part he said kids get the biggest kick out of — all come together for a good time full of laughter. But Tippett said all of the jokes are suitable for everyone.

“It’s a show for all ages really,” Tippett said. “Elementary school kids really love the show, but adults really have a great response to the show… It’s good ol’ family fun.”

Abridged Reader’s Digest versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, were all Tippett had read of the novel before he got the part, but he said, having such an expansive amount of literature to work with has helped to give him insight into Tom Sawyer’s character.

“I think it’s really fun to play Sawyer,” Tippett said. “It’s fun to play a hero who isn’t a goody-two-shoes. He’s a little kid, so he gets into trouble, but he’s good at heart.”

Because Tom Sawyer reads so much, Tippett said “the basic message of the show is the importance of reading.”

“I hope it sparks people’s interest to read the book, because it’s a great book,” Tippett said.

Some area students will be seeing the musical at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Logan students are among them.

Angie Fry, a teacher at Logan schools who supervises an after school arts program said she is looking forward to brining the students to the play.

“It’s an experience for them,” said Fry, explaining that many students have never seen a play like this before and are excited to go.

“It’s good to broaden their horizons of cultural arts,” she said.