Mar ak Twain heads to Craig
Jim Post impersonates famous writer at community concert
November 9, 2000
Most people today remember the humorist for writing such classics as “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” or from his sparkling, dead-on one-liners, such as “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
Community Concert Association season ticket holders will have an opportunity to step back in time Saturday night as the curtain rises at Moffat County High School on Jim Post from Galena doing his show, “Mark Twain and the Laughing River.”
“Jim’s impersonation of Twain matches the great writer’s anecdotes, stories and ballads. He is almost a dead ringer for Mark Twain at the mid-point of his writing career,” Concert Association publicity chairman, Chris Comstock, said.
The family-oriented show is as much a musical as it is a glimpse into the genius of the writer, the cynic, the observer of human nature. Post captures the core of Twain’s greatness complete with white suit, white hair and cow-catcher mustache as he rambles across the stage, chatting and singing about what it was like to be a boy growing up along the mighty Mississippi in the 1840s. His memories flesh out the real people behind Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and other characters who populated his novels.
Post is backed up by three talented musicians, keyboards, violin, cello, and a banjo picker, as well as playing the guitar himself. Post’s songs, many he wrote himself, are folksy, funny, and reflective.
The presentation, second in this season’s concert series, is sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door. But for season ticket holders, the show promises to be blockbusters.
“For the young folks, it will have great appeal because of the stories and jokes and Post’s lively antics on stage,” Comstock said. “For the adult audience, the setting, customs and life-style of the mid-1800s will be meaningful.”