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ACTA Junior 
Presents

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Mark Twain’s classic tale

comes to life onstage, freely and masterfully adapted with dynamic female roles, creative staging and a perfect balance of poignant and hilarious moments.

 

When Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, sees poor Tom Canty mistreated by one of his guards, he invites the pauper into the palace for a bite to eat.  After conversing about each other’s lives, the prince suggests they exchange clothing for fun — in Tom’s rags, the prince looks like a “peacock fell in the mud ’n’ froze” while Tom claims the royal regalia is so heavy it’s “like to break me back.” 

 

But the fun and games soon become harsh reality when the prince’s guards mistake Edward for the pauper and throw him into the street while Tom is ushered in to handle important stately affairs — which he fumbles through with hilarity and later, poise.  Wearing each other’s shoes (literally), the boys discover what it’s like “on the other side,” and it doesn’t take long for each of them to appreciate the life they always knew. 

 

What they each learn about the other’s world will illuminate their lives — and yours — forever.

This production can have a large or small cast,

with numerous roles available. 

Suggested characters are:

EDWARD Tudor

HENRY VIII 

Lady JANE

Lady MARY

Lady ELIZABETH

The Earl of HEREFORD 

ROYAL DRESSERS 

ROYAL CHEF 

WILLIAM 

SAMUEL 

GUARDS 

LADIES in waiting

 Lady Jane's servants

LORDS 

PHYSICIAN

RUSSIAN, ITALIAN, SPANISH, GERMAN, AND FRENCH AMBASSADORS.

TOM Canty

 John CANTY 

GAMMER 

BET 

NAN 

JED 

STREET URCHINS 

RUFFIANS

BAT

BILLY BLINK 

MILES Hendon 

SHERIFF

HOST  

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