GARDINER – Kurt Sutton’s portrayal of Mark Twain is laced with wit, humor, wisdom and a love for music. The actor from Buford, Ga., will present “An Evening with Mark Twain” Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, as part of Johnson Hall’s Center Stage series, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Sutton tells stories; plays the harmonica, guitar and banjo; and sings old-time songs, as Twain did when he performed.

Sutton has appeared as Twain in theaters nationally and has performed as a speaker, trainer, musician and entertainer for 30 years. His performances often include a singalong as well as Twain’s witty and humorous stories, including pieces from “Huckleberry Finn,” “Tom Sawyer” and “Roughing It!,” and his speeches and essays.

Sutton is a recent recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project for his work in theaters and libraries to perform and promote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. Call 582-7144 or e-mail [email protected] Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for children under age 13. For more information, log on to

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