Big River, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

California Youth Conservatory (CYC) Presents

“Big River, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

At The Joan B. Kroc Theatre in San Diego

March 3—March 11, 2012


Featuring several of San Diego’s most talented local professionals and up-and-coming young performers in this Broadway musical based on the classic novel.


SAN DIEGO (February 5, 2012) – The California Youth Conservatory (CYC) presents the Tony Award-winning musical based on Mark Twain’s classic novel at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in March.

This remarkable show opens March 3rd for a two weekend run at the Salvation Army’s beautiful Joan B. Kroc Theater.  Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a runaway slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel, including the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; and adding to the fun are Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family.

The CYC production comes to life through a mix of seasoned professional performers and a promising cast of rising young stars.  The phenomenal young Reed Lievers of Escondido leads the cast in the role of “Huck Finn”.  Lievers’ beautiful tenor voice is well matched to his remarkable acting skills and great comedic timing.  The runaway slave, “Jim” is played by CYC Theatre Founder and Director, Shaun T. Evans.  Evans, a long-time professional performer whose rich baritone voice has wowed audiences from coast to coast, also directs the production.
Evans says of this production, “Big River is an amazing show with something in it for everyone.  The lessons are timeless and the music is so fun.  Patrons should know that we chose not to ‘sanitize’ our production, so the scenes that portray the cruelty of slavery (that many youth productions find uncomfortable) are not edited out.  Real history is alive and well in this production, even though public schools are now removing the N-word from Mark Twain’s book.”


Recently voted San Diego’s “Best Theatre Group” on Channel 10’s A-List Awards, California Youth Conservatory Theatre is an innovative new company formed to offer real-world, professional training to aspiring young performers.  Under the direction of veteran Actor/Director Shaun T. Evans, the company is the only such young-performer's training theatre to regularly hire professional actors as teaching artists and mentors for its students.  The company has made history with several first-ever youth productions of Ragtime, RENT and A Few Good Men.  The quality of the training is superb, as is the quality of their theatrical productions.




WHAT:      The California Youth Conservatory (CYC) presents the Tony Award-winning musical based on Mark Twain’s classic novel at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in March.

WHERE:     Salvation Army Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115

WHEN:      Preview: Saturday, March 3, 2012 @ 2pm

Opening:  Saturday, March 3, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

Closing:   Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 2 pm

Performance Schedule

Saturdays (matinee) 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Sundays (matinee) 2:00 pm

Wednesday through Friday 7:00 pm

Schools-Only matinees Friday March 2, and Friday, March 9th at 10:00 am.

  VIP (Front 2 rows center) Seating $32.00

Orchestra Seating $26.00

Mezzanine Seating $22.00

Discounts for Students, Senior and Military

       Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling (858) 227-9427.  For groups or other info, please call (619) 944-7574.

CONTACT:    Press inquiries or press comps:  619-944-7574 or  Tickets or other inquiries 858-227-9427.


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