One of the all-time great novels, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” presents vital themes for young and old. Whether your theatrical adaptation is serious or a rollicking musical, paying attention to a limited Victorian color palette with character contrasts can make a compelling visual statement and help your actors convey their characters.
Dressing Huck, Jim and Tom Sawyer
Huck often is dressed in dirty, torn brown pants or overalls with a tan shirt. A corncob pipe is excellent, especially if you can rig a smokeless cigarette inside it so it puffs “real” smoke. Keep in mind you have to light his face under that straw hat. Huck and Jim both are barefoot but not shirtless. Jim often has a vest over a torn shirt and torn pants. By contrast, Tom is well dressed in a white shirt, black pants and a round, felt hat.
The Major Characters
Pap should wear all black, worn-out clothes with stains. Dress the Widow in black, too. She and Miss Watson should wear typical 1840s Victorian clothes, which cover them completely to the chin. Help the Dauphin and Duke with comic touches of mismatched patterns, old-fashioned collars that have come unbuttoned, and clownish top hat and derby that is smashed a little.
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