Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s              THE STORY OF A BAD BOY                                   Pontine Theatre                                                                  

Location: Strawbery Banke Museum                                         14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH

31 March - 9 April 2017                                                           Fri 31 March @7pm, Sat 1 & 8 April @4pm, Sun 2 & 9 April @2pm

Underwritten by Optima Bank and Trust


Thomas Bailey Aldrich's classic story of a boy's adventures in fictional Rivermouth (Portsmouth), NH come to life in Pontine Theatre's production of The Story of a Bad Boy.

With the innovative use of puppetry and projected images, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews tell the autobiographical story of a boy and his companions in mid-19th Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he was sent to live under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and maiden aunt. The eyes were not so watchful as to keep the boy completely out of myschief. 

Unlike earlier children's stories, The Story of a Bad Boy was not an idealized narrative. Hailed as the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction, it was considered an inspiration for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , by Aldrich's friend Mark Twain.

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