Tom Sawyer: Presented by CYT Indy

Tom SawyerMark Twain’s classic story comes to exuberant musical life in this Broadway adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America. This Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s immortal novel is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. In the course of the story, Tom matches wits with his stern Aunt Polly, falls in love with the beautiful, feisty Becky Thatcher, and goes on the adventure of his life with Becky and that irresistible renegade, Huckleberry Finn. Along the way we meet a terrifying villain named Injun Joe, Tom’s bratty half-brother Sid, and all the other boys and girls in the village – providing one scene-stealing children’s role after the other.

Come see this classic tale! Great for Class Field Trips!


Okay, so why exactly am I posting something about Tom Sawyer?  Because ALL MY KIDS ARE IN IT!!!  And because tickets are on sale now. 🙂

Seriously, CYT has been around since 1981 and has become the largest children’s theater organization in the country.  They’ve recently launched a south-side Indianapolis campus and “Tom Sawyer” will be their first full-scale theater production.  We’re not big into sports at my house.  We’re more a part of the arts and theater crowd when it comes to extracurricular activity.  All four of my children braved the audition process.  Since my wife, Kyrmen, is the Assistant Director, she wasn’t allowed to be present when they auditioned.  Based on their auditions, they made it to callbacks and were all cast in the show!  This is a really big deal for us.

Everyone has been working really hard on this performance from the CYT staff, to the parents, and especially all 32 of the children.  They’ll be doing six (that’s right) SIX shows at the spectacular Franklin Performing Arts Center in Franklin, Indiana.  So, if you live in the central or south-central Indiana area (or are willing to drive anywhere for some great children’s theater!) please consider coming to one of our shows.  You won’t be sorry.

I’ve posted ticket prices and show times below along with a handy button that will take you right to the CYT website to reserve seats.  Incidentally, if you decide to buy tickets in advance on-line, you’ll be asked to choose a cast member’s name for the ticket referral. Please choose “Kidron Rea-Hedrick“.  Thanks!

My children have been cast in the following roles:

Performance Details:

SHOW TIMES: Thursday, Nov 15th – 9:30am & 12:00pm
Friday, Nov 16th – 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 17th – 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 18th – 2:00pm
VENUE: Franklin Performing Arts Center
2600 Cumberland Drive
Franklin, IN 46131
(click here for a map)
PRICES: $11 – Individual Online
$13 – At-the-Door Price
$9 – Group Discount (10 ticket minimum)
$9 – Child Discount (Age Limit: 19)
$9 – Student Discount (ID Required)
$9 – Senior Discount (Age Minimum: 65)

Tom Sawyer

Leave a comment or drop me an email me if you’re thinking about coming!

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5 Responses to Tom Sawyer: Presented by CYT Indy

  1. I probably can’t persuade my family to go, but I’m gonna tweet it for you. 🙂

  2. #Indianapolis folks: go see the Tom Sawyer play put on by CYT in November! @JReaHedrick’s talented kids will be in it

  3. RT @JReaHedrick: The Franklin Performing Arts Center auditorium and the two vignette stages! (

  4. Oh my gosh, wow!!!! That’s so amazing – congrats to all of your super talented kids!

    • John Hedrick says:

      Thanks, Michelle! I’m also very appreciative of my super talented wife. She’s not only Assistant Directing, she spent several weeks acting as the accompanist until they found a pianist (all music will be live: piano, banjo, harmonica), taking charge of cast members with impromptu games and music when wait times get long, sewing costumes… There isn’t much she can’t do! I’ve been working with the Props and Sets committes, making benches, painting scenery, assembling Aunt Polly’s house and more.

      I’m so excited for the opening in just THREE DAYS!

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