Twain comes to life on stage

Published 10:52 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

What an exciting experience it would have been to spend “A Morning with Mark Twain.”

One hundred years later, that opportunity is here and now.

“Mark Twain 100 Years Later” will be the featured performance at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University. The performance is sponsored by the Troy University Library and the College of Communication and Fine Arts and is free and open to the public.

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“Mark Twain 100 Years Later” features Branson, Missouri actor Dave Ehlert as the famous author of classic novels.

The show includes Mark Twain’s story and features many of his famous quotes with an emphasis on the importance of literacy.

“Dave Ehlert will come in character and he will be Mark Twain,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, College dean. “He will tell stories in such a way that you will believe that he is Mark Twain.”

Cochran said Ehlert has portrayed Twain and many other notable Americans in 33 states, Mexico and Canada and on a cruise ship in international waters.

Dave Ehlert has performed as Elvis, Liberace, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash Tom Jones, Hank Williams and many others.

Ehlert’s Elvis performance has become the longest running Elvis Tribute Show in the world.

“Dave Ehlert was drafted into the role of Mark Twain when the scheduled performer was unable to make it,” Cochran said. “He had one week to prepare. He said that, for the first time in more than 30 years, he felt very nervous before the performance.”

When Ehlert took the stage and he remained silent for two minutes before beginning to speak. Then, he kept on speaking.

For the first year, Ehlert performed six Mark Twain programs a week in Branson. Then he began taking his show on the road to theaters and libraries across the country and became absorbed in everything Twain.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the wit and wisdom of literary icon, Mark Twain in the one-man show, “Mark Twain: A Hundred Years Later Tuesday at the Trojan Center Theater. There will be an intermission.