You know time is passing way too fast when Nashville Childrens Theatre starts recycling shows. The recently-closed Adventures of Tom Sawyer is tied to the local Mark Twain celebrations, but nevertheless was previously mounted only six seasons ago. This familiar story, based on Judith Viorsts modern childrens classic, sees the light of day in Nashville for the first time in 10 years, since when the musical was fresh out of the box. Chronically downtrodden, self-esteem-challenged youngster Alexander toughs it out on one of those days when he cant catch a break. He wakes up with gum in his hair and its downhill from there. Viorsts source material has been a kids favorite for decades, tapping effectively into childhood insecurities and showing a path toward a hopeful tomorrow. She does the adaptation here, plus the lyrics, and the score comes courtesy of Shelly Markham. Creatively, its a typical NCT love-fest: Scot Copeland directs, Paul Carrol Binkley handles the music, and the cast of familiars includes Patrick Waller, Ross Brooks, Rona Carter, Henry Haggard, Peter Vann, Lisa Kimmey Winans and Bobby Wyckoff.
Tue., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 27. Continues through Jan. 3, 2009