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Children's theater stages 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer'

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The cast of New London's Broadway Bound Children's Theatre's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer;" are, front, Madison Vandenoever, Genevieve Townsend and Marley Bayne. Back, from left, are Molly Rittenger, Emily Rink, Emily Gray, Chase Alexander, Wyatt Smith, Thomas Huenergardt, Marshall Vandenoever, Denver Smith, Caleb Godwin and Abigail Godwin. (Special Photo: John Berlo)

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From left, Denver Smith, 9, as Joe Harper, Wyatt Smith, 11, as Tom Sawyer, and Caleb Godwin, 13, as Huckleberry Finn, star in New London's Broadway Bound Children's Theatre's production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." (Special Photo: John Berlo)

A cast of more than a dozen children ranging in age from 8 to 14 will take the stage at New London Theatre this weekend for the opening of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

The production is part of New London’s Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre, which focuses on younger actors honing their skills in front of younger audiences.

“This three act show tells the story of Tom Sawyer’s well-known adventures from the whitewashing scene, the budding romance with Becky Thatcher, and the demise of villain, Injun Joe,” co-director Leah Smith said.

Taking the stage as the cunning and playful Tom is 11-year-old Wyatt Smith. Madison Vandeoever, 14, plays his Aunt Polly, with Marshall Vandenoever, 13, portraying his tattle tale, half-brother, Sid Sawyer. Caleb Godwin, 13, plays Tom’s loyal friend, Huckleberry Finn.

Rounding out the cast are Denver Smith, 9, as Joe Harper; Abigale Godwin, 12, as Mrs. Serenity Harper; Molly Rittenger, 8, as Becky Thatcher; Emily Rink, 12, as Mrs. Thatcher; Emily Gray, 13, as Mary Rogers; Thomas Huenergardt, 14, as Walter Potter; Marley Bayne, 11, as Amy Lawrence; Genevieve Townsend, 13, as Widow Douglas; and Chase Alexander, 12, as Injun Joe.

What can audiences expect from the show?

“Some of the most talented young actors to be found in the Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre at New London Theatre giving their best performances of this classic tale,” Smith said.