The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the KC Rep (And a Giveaway!)

Posted January 23, 2012 2:52pm by Kate

Maggie (center) with her friends at the KC Rep's Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For those who follow KCKidsFun on Facebook, you may have noticed a post I made there late last week about my nine-year-old daughter’s birthday. We made a last minute change of birthday party plans, taking a group to see The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, presented by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

The Rep sent us an invitation (and some complimentary tickets) to see The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  We supplemented the Rep’s generosity with four additional tickets to allow eight of us (six third-graders and two adults) to check out Tom Sawyer on Saturday night.

The play is being presented at UMKC’s Spencer Theatre (4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO) through February 12, 2012. (And we’ve got some more tickets, courtesy of the Rep, to give away. Details at the end of this post!). My husband and I drove the girls to UMKC on Saturday night for the 8 p.m. performance. I was a little concerned about the late hour for these little ones but they did great (definitely needed intermission refreshments though!).

The story is a familiar one, of course. Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher and all of the familiar characters from Mark Twain’s classic novel about boyhood adventures on the Mississippi River.

None of the girls who attended with us have yet read Twain’s book but I’m positive that most will now. The play was quite fun – lots and lots of physical movement from the eight actors kept their attention. There was physical comedy that they responded to well – nothing better than hearing these girls giggle. The score was nicely done – again, something that helped the girls pay attention and follow the story. And there were some scary, suspenseful moments (hello, Injun Joe) that seemed to resonate, drawing gasps and comments.

At the intermission, having sensed a little restlessness in the troops, we asked the girls if they would like to stay for the second act or head home to start the slumber party. Without skipping a beat, the immediate and unanimous response from the group was, “We have to stay! Stay! We have to find out what happens!”

Most of Saturday night’s crowd was adult with a good smattering of kids. Our group was a good mix of personalities. I can’t claim that they all followed the story perfectly. I’m quite confident that there were things in the story that missed and/or a bit over their heads. My husband and I both had to whisper answers to a few questions during the performance. But, overall, the girls enjoyed it very much. I’m not sure that kids any younger than these third-graders would be able to keep up though.

So, here’s the GIVEAWAY!

Our friends at Kansas City Repertory Theatre have generously given us a Family Pack (2 adults and 2 children) of tickets to ANY upcoming performance of Tom Sawyer to give away to one lucky winner. To enter, simply leave a comment below, telling us your favorite book as a kid! Entries accepted until Wednesday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. CST.

Must be 18 years of age to enter and win. Only one entry per household will be considered. No substitutions or transfers. Giveaway prize is not redeemable for cash. By entering, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ONE (1) winner will be randomly selected, and will receive a Family Pack of tickets (2 adult and 2 child) to any remaining 2012 performance of Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Tom Sawyer, based on availability.

Good luck!

33 Responses to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the KC Rep (And a Giveaway!)”

  1. Christy Kirby says:

    The Boxcar Children was my favorite as a child.

  2. Amanda says:

    My favorite book as a kid was green eggs and ham

  3. Stefanie Hurley says:

    What a fabulous contest! :) My FAVORITE book as a kiddo (and still is a favorite of mine & my 5 kiddos) has got to be Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein!

  4. Lori Smith says:

    Well, I liked V. C. Andrews when I got into my teens. If There Be Thorns come to mind.

  5. Sachia Logan says:

    The BFG….loved it…chapter every night….although Ramona and Beezus was a close follow up.

  6. Ian says:

    I loved reading Bad News Bunny as a kid.

  7. Le Ann says:

    I loved any Nancy Drew book.

  8. Teresa Vap says:

    Little House on the Prairie (the entire series)

  9. Brice says:

    My favorite was “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. My boys love it too and I read to them from my childhood copy.

  10. Molly says:

    Without a doubt, my favorite book was The Mouse and the Motorcycle. I love the imagination!

  11. my favorite was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. The whole series actually. It was my first real fantasy read. I still read the series every few years or so.

  12. Amy Ruby says:

    Charlotte’s Web

  13. Tracy Terstriep Herber says:

    The Secret Garden…it was the first time I truly felt transported to another world, and enjoyed the thrill of escaping into a book.

  14. Christine Swan says:

    Junie B. Jones was always fun to read to my kids when they were younger

  15. Annie says:

    Anything Dr. Suess

  16. Paige Stanfield-Myers says:

    Secret Garden

  17. Rylina Danley says:

    My favorite book as a child was the Boxcar Children (I think because my mom took the time to read it to my brother and I). As a pre-teen it was Are you there God it’s me Margret. My son’s favorite book is the Miraculous Tale of Edward Tulane. A must read for everyone!

  18. Brandie Campbell says:

    My favorite books as a child were Corduroy (the bear), Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Wrinkle in Time. My son’s favorite books are Crossing, And the Train Goes and any book with Spot (the dog).

  19. Sara Crow says:

    Little house on the prarie was always my favorite!

  20. Sara says:

    I love the Boxcar Children and Little House in the Big Woods – all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

  21. Vanitha says:

    The Cat in the Hat

  22. Jeni says:

    Green Eggs and Ham

  23. Irene R. says:

    I loved Beverly Cleary books! Ramona and Beezus were my favorite! Thanks.

  24. Beth says:

    Little House on the Prairies series because my Dad read them to me. I loved many that I read myself, too, but that is such a special memory.

  25. Andrea says:

    I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I couldn’t read enough of them. My boys today love the Magic Tree House books.

  26. Judy Jewell says:

    I read Jane Austen’s Pride and Predjudice at age 12. It’s been my favorite book ever since, and I’m 62 years old now!

  27. Michelle says:

    Although not very literary, I LOVED all the babysitters club books!

  28. Aimee says:

    I loved Judy Blume & Beverly Cleary books!

  29. Lori Kurovski says:

    I loved the book “Summer”. It reminds me of all the fun things you do during the summer from ice cream, bike rides, catching fire flies to hot summer days. Love it so, so much.

  30. Alicia Wheeler says:

    The book I loved growing up was The Secret Garden. It made me always want my own garden to play in and let my imagination run wild. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to read and enjoy it too!

  31. Dee says:

    I love Goodnight Moon.

  32. Shawna Koehn says:

    I fell in love with reading when I read my first chapter book, “Pocahontas”. I was in the 5th greade. It was then that I realized the world that had just opened up to me!

  33. Amy Eastin says:

    I can’t remember the actual name of the book series but it was a mystery kids series written by Alfred Hitchcock. I read everyone my local library had. I loved them!!