07-23-11 – Philadelphia, PA>New York City, NY – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly, brother Sid, and cousin Mary. He is a mischievous boy, disinterested in school, and continually recruiting his equally-mischievous friends to join him on his adventures.
After skipping school and fighting with another schoolboy, Tom’s Aunt Polly orders him to whitewash the picket fence that surrounds their property. Tom would rather go and play, so when a schoolmate begins to taunt him, Tom tricks him into whitewashing the fence for him. He has soon convinced several other schoolmates to join in and gets some of their small possessions in return.
Tom develops a crush on a classmate of his named Becky Thatcher, the daughter of a local judge. They sneak off together during school one day at lunchtime, and Tom convinces her that they should become “engaged”. At first, Becky is thrilled, but this soon backfires on Tom when he accidentally lets it slip that he has been “engaged” before.
Tom then recruits his friend Huckleberry Finn, an even more mischievous boy who is the neglected son of a town drunk, to go try out a cure for warts at midnight in a cemetery. While there, the two boys witness the murder of Dr. Robinson by a local man nicknamed “Injun Joe”. Injun Joe tells the authorities that his companion, the oft-inebriated Muff Potter, is responsible for the murder, and Potter is arrested. Tom and Huck, being scared, vow to keep what they witnessed a secret.
Tom and Huckleberry recruit their friend Joe Harper to run off with them to a nearby island in the Mississippi River to become “pirates”. After some time, the friends find that the townspeople are searching for them, so Tom sneaks back to town only to overhear his Aunt Polly and Joe Harper’s mother crying over their sons, who they assume have drowned. When Tom rejoins his pirating friends, who have become homesick, he convinces them to stay away from home until the time of their funeral. When the funeral is held, the three boys walk in to the church during the minister’s eulogy to the bewilderment and relief of everybody.
Tom causes more trouble at school, which results in him getting spanked. When Becky clandestinely retrieves a sought-after book in the schoolmaster’s desk, she accidentally tears the front page. The schoolmaster demands to know who is responsible and Tom takes the blame, resulting in another spanking, but it rekindles Becky’s friendship with Tom.
Muff Potter’s trial for murder begins. Tom and Huckleberry Finn renew their promise not to tell what they have witnessed, and they visit Muff Potter in jail. Muff has resigned himself to believing that perhaps he did commit the crime while inebriated, even though he cannot remember it, and thanks the boys for being loyal to him.
Injun Joe testifies against Muff Potter at the trial, while Muff Potter’s attorney does not cross-examine any of the witnesses. When Muff Potter’s attorney finally calls a witness, he surprises everyone and calls Tom Sawyer. Tom had broken his promise to Huck and, overcome with guilt, confessed the night before to the attorney what he knew. As Tom begins his testimony and is about to finger Injun Joe as the real murderer, Injun Joe jumps out a window and runs away. Muff Potter is set free.
Sometime later, Tom and Huck decide to while away the days by digging for buried treasure at various spots around town. During one of these expeditions, they sneak into an abandoned house that they think is haunted, only to find Injun Joe and a friend of his hiding inside with a large amount of money. While the boys are unable to take the money that night, Huck begins trailing Injun Joe to determine where he is hiding it and find an opportunity to take it. One night, Huck overhears Injun Joe explain to his partner his plan to mutilate a local widow known as “the Widow Douglas”. Huck runs away to tell a resident Welshman, who, with his sons, goes after Injun Joe and scares him off with gunshots.
At the same time, Tom and Becky have accompanied other local children on a picnic to MacDougal’s Cave. Tom and Becky get lost in the cave and are unable to escape for several days. The townspeople’s search for them is fruitless. Tom is finally able to find his way out, but before that, he runs into Injun Joe and his partner hiding in the cave.
When Tom is free again, he lets Huck know that he has discovered that Injun Joe’s money is hidden in MacDougal’s Cave. When he says he wants to visit the cave, however, Judge Thatcher (now enamored with Tom for saving Becky’s life) informs him that the cave has been barred shut. Tom then tells the judge that Injun Joe was inside; they rush to the cave to find Injun Joe’s dead body at the mouth of the cave, unable to escape the newly-installed bars.
Later, Tom and Huck enter the cave from the alternate entrance that Tom had used for his previous escape and retrieve Injun Joe’s loot. On their way back to town, they are rushed to a party at the Widow Douglas’s and made to wash and dress before they have a chance to hide the money. Tom reveals at the party that he and Huck are now rich and produces Injun Joe’s loot–some $13,000 in all, more money than any of the townspeople had ever seen.
Judge Thatcher is even more enamored of Tom now, and invests his money for him, hoping that he becomes a great soldier or lawyer. Huckleberry Finn is adopted by the Widow Douglas, but after a week of living a more civilized life, Huck runs away so he can be shoeless, homeless, and dirty, as he prefers. When no one else can find him, Tom searches and finds Huck in a hogshead, and tries to convince Huck to return. Huck eventually agrees after Tom tells him he must first be a gentleman before he will be allowed to join Tom’s gang of robbers. — Submit Yourself To This Role Now: Live Event