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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

written by John Fuller
Directed by Bob Stacy
Produced by Lauren Day

comedy
October 13,14 & 15, 20, 21 & 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017
9 performances

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

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Synopsis Based on the story by Mark Twain, this is the tale of a young engineer just out of college (the Yankee), who is experimenting at home with all kinds of mechanical devices and whimsically expresses the wish that he could invent a time machine. He unexpectedly gets his wish when he is knocked out by one of his own experiments and awakens in the Court of King Arthur, where Merlin immediately dislikes him.
Cast Hank Bennett ..............................  Henry Styron
Marian Bennett ............................Mackenzie Pickard
Mrs. Bennett ................................Maureen Whisman
King Arthur .................................Jack McConnell
Queen Guenever.......................... Carole Pickard
Merlin .........................................June Stacy
Sir Sagramore .............................Doug Denton
Clarence .....................................Jonathan Forrester
Elaine .........................................Nita Porter
Sir Launcelot ..............................Jakob Robbins
Queen Morgan Le Fay ................Annette Hobbs
Sandy ..........................................Jan Robbins
History A Connecticut Yankee was originally a musical based on the novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by American writer Mark Twain. Like most adaptations of the Twain novel, it focuses on the lighter aspects of the story. The music was written by Richard Rodgers, the lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and the book by Herbert Fields. It was produced by Lew Fields and Lyle D. Andrews and enjoyed an original run on Broadway in 1927 of 421 performances and a number of revivals.

The 1931 film of the same name starring Will Rogers was not adapted from this musical, nor was the 1949 musical film A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which starred Bing Crosby. The Rodgers and Hart Connecticut Yankee, like many of the team's earlier musicals, has never been filmed for the big screen though a scene was staged for the 1948 biographical movie of the lives of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

In 1941 John Fuller adapted a modernization and dramatization of Twains book in which the Yankee is a young engineer, just out of college, who is fascinated by the theory of relativity and the idea that, if one could travel faster than the speed of light, one might go backwards in time. His journey to King Arthur's court is caused by an electrical shock from a disassembled radio and the adventure ensues. Our performance is based on this book and not the musical version.