Big River

a Backdoor Theatre Production

WICHITA FALLS - Big River is a musical based on Mark Twain's classic novel, Huckleberry Finn. 
 
It's one of the first pieces of literature that dates back to the 1800's that stood up against the wrong doings of slavery and fought for equality. 
 
The actors' sign language interpreter, Anna Arredondo said "The show is about acceptance, not just accepting people for their color, for their creed, for their beliefs but also for their disabilities". A disability that Anna Arredondo relates to...being partially deaf. 
 
Artistic Director Micheal Sherry wanted to do something different with this play, so he decided to incorporate sign language to the story of Huckleberry Finn.
 
"I think sign language is such a beautiful language" Sherry said, "I've seen perform elsewhere throughout other productions and being incorporated in just every day conversations that I think it's such a unique part of our culture here in town that why not incorporate it in the actual use of the show" 
 
This is a first for Wichita Falls to have a production where the cast is singing and signing the majority of the play but Arredondo says seeing the cast sign the play gives her goose bumps. 
 
"It has actually touched me. So I know if its touching me, for something that I see every day" Arredondo said, "It's definitely going to touch someone who is seeing this for the first time" 
 
Putting the play together did not come easy but Sherry said the learning process was amazing.
 
Sherry adds "It's been a great learning process to be taught to be learning education, to learn, has been a really great thing"
 
A timeless adventure filled with Gospel, Country and Bluegrass music, Big River is a coming-of-age story about standing up for what's right and freedom for all to enjoy. 
 
For ticket prices you call (940) 322-5000 or visit http://www.backdoortheatre.org/

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