By Jinifer Rae
Johnson County and Mountain City residents are once again in for a treat thanks to a presentation of “Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight” by actor, historian, and musician Kurt Sutton at Heritage Hall in Mountain City. Sutton’s performance scheduled for Saturday, August 4, at 7 p.m. will feature his wit and satire of Mark Twain that has been entertaining audiences with much success.Mark Twain fans are anxiously awaiting the upcoming show, an evening that is promising to be a fun-filled event with Sutton bringing Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the creator of Mark Twain to life.
Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. He used the pen name Mark Twain to write about the now famous characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. The stories became major classics of American literature.At 34, the handsome, red-haired, affable, canny, egocentric and ambitious journalist, and traveler, Clemens had become one of the most popular and famous writers in America. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur, and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” remain cherished treasures to read for old and young alike. It is the love of those stories that compelled Sutton to portray an older Clemens, dressed in the famous white suit. But it is not just his appearance that is promising to transform audiences back to a bygone era.
As a former teacher of history, Sutton has honed his ability to make the past come to life. For the past seven years, people have come from all over to be entertained by his representation of the iconic Clemens. While listening to the stories, audiences are invited to participate. Sutton plays a variety of instruments and encourages the audience to join in singing songs from the past. “Bicycle Built for Two” and “Old Time Religion” are just two of fan favorites.
Music is not the only thing in store for audiences attending. Twain’s wit and wisdom combined with the love of music are sure to make the evening unforgettable. Since tickets are sure to sell out fast, call Heritage Hall 423-727-7444 and leave a message to reserve your seat.