Richard Garey Puts On a Show as Mark Twain

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On April 7, 2013, actor and playwright Richard Garey came to South Lancaster to put on a show entitled “Mark Twain HIMSELF” as a Mark Twain impersonator. The event was at 7:00 pm at Machlan Auditorium. Richard Garey took the audience back in time and described what life as Mark Twain was like.

The show started off with Mark Twain talking about introductions. He talked about his favorite types of introductions and how important they were. Mark Twain talked about how he always remembers when someone’s introduction includes compliments. He said that his favorite compliment was from Thomas Edison – “An American loves his family, and if he has any love left over for any other person he generally selects Mark Twain.”

Mark Twain has had several different occupations throughout his life, aside from being a writer and a humorist. His favorite was being the pilot of a steamboat. He has fond childhood memories of watching steamboats roll down the Mississippi river in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Twain stated that the day he became a steamboat pilot was the proudest day of his life. He was also a gold miner and silver miner. These jobs made him rich in character but not in silver or gold. He then moved on to being a newspaper reporter. Finally, Mark Twain became a “book scribbler,” even though his life plans never included writing.

Mark Twain talked about several of the classics he has written. Huckleberry Finn was one of the most fun topics of the night, as he vividly described funny accounts from his life. Everyone who went to the show seemed to enjoy it, including many students from South Lancaster Academy. Richard Garey did a great job of impersonating one of the most well-known authors of all time. Did you attend ‘Mark Twain – HIMSELF”? If so, what did you think of it?

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