Tom Sawyer and his good pal Huck Finn have a few life lessons to share with you, truths they’ve gleaned from their mischievous adventures:  if you have to whitewash a fence make it look like fun and folks will give you stuff to help, a dead cat is great for getting rid of warts and witnessing a murder in a graveyard at midnight can be dangerous to your future health.

Until Sunday, May 9, the Hartford Stage will be entertaining Tom, Huck,  Becky Thatcher and the gang in a world premiere of

Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” adapted for the stage by Laura Eason and directed by Jeremy B. Cohen.

Tom, played with rapscallion delight by Tim McKiernan, is capable of getting into no-end of trouble, especially when he teams up with Huck (Casey Predovic) who has no one to answer to about school and such.  Tom is a trial to his Aunt Polly (Nancy Lemenager) who can’t understand why he is not more like his obedient and well behaved brother Sid (Chris Bowyer).

In a series of vignettes, we witness Tom playing hookey from school, give his girl Becky (Louisa Krause) a brass door knob as a sign of serious affection, get everything from a used apple core to a dead mouse in exchange for painting privileges, venture with Huck to witness Injun Joe (Teddy Canez) stab Doc Robinson (Chris Bowyer) and put the blame of Muff Potter (Erik Lochtefeld), fake his own death along with Huck and Joe (Joe Paulik), get lost in a cave with Becky, save Muff Potter and discover a buried treasure, all in a record two hours’ time.

What a delightful way for you and your family to celebrate the centennial of Mark Twain’s passing, as we recall his childhood tales of life in Missouri on the Mississippi River.  We claim Samuel Clemens as a Connecticut son so it is also an excellent time to visit or revisit his distinguished home on Farmington Avenue in Hartford and the museum next door dedicated to his literary talents.  “Tom Sawyer” is also the Big Read choice of Hartford this year.

For tickets ($23-66), call the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford at 860-527-5151 or online at www.hartfordstage.org.  Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Sundays and selected Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Conjure up your spunk and pluck as you accompany Tom, Huck and Becky as they bring Mark Twain’s classic novel to captivating life.  Bringing along your own dead cat is optional.

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