based on the Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

performed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, July 1956

directed by Jessica Taylor

Leonnie Jessel, Dennis Dewitt, Diana Turner, Anthony Crutchley, Philip Potter, Maureen Janes

left: Huckleberyy Finn (Anthony Toller), Muff Potter (John Evans), Widder Douglas (Dawn Heeps) - right: Becky Thatcher (Maureen Janes); Tom Sawyer (Philip Potter)

"I Want to be a Pirate "

Tom Sawyer - Philip Potter

"Up from New Orleans"

Muff Potter - John Evans

"The Last Day of School is the best day of school out of all days of school in the year"

"Thirty Yards o' Broad Fence, Three Foot High, Paintin' is a pleasure, makes the time fly by"

'What Has Happened to Love"

Gracie - Mary Barton

"That's the Trouble with Looking for Trouble"

Huck Finn - Anthony Toller; Tom Sawyer - Philip Potter

"Rain, Rain Go Away! Come Again Another Day"


Left; Letter to Tom from former U.S. President Harry S Truman (from Missouri) who had recently been in London Right: Aunt Polly (Jane Whitehead) and Tom Sawyer (Philip Potter)




To set Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer to music is a considerable achievement. Tom Boyd who has done this has had the satisfaction of seeing the resultant We're From Missouri performed for the delight of an extremely enthusiastic audience at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The music throughout was pleasing and should attract interest in places where musicals are dealt in and one hopes Mr Boyd's work will become known.


Recently much has been made of young achievement. Younger and younger men are attempting literary and dramatic Everests every week . I witnessed a similar feat at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama by Tom Boyd. Mr Boyd has made a musical of Tom Sawyer for which he has written book, music and lyrics. The book is well adapted...the music is gay, light-hearted...his grasp of his subject is assured.


Mr Boyd's work seems thoroughly respectable and sometimes witty. He has followed the original closely, his instinct for theatrical situation is strong and many of his lyrics grow naturally from their context. His melodies are well defined even when chromatic.




back to Tom's CV forward to London 1960 professional production of TOM SAWYER forwrd to 2010 revival of TOM SAWYER