Pre-show reception: 7 p.m.
Show: 7:30 p.m.
Afterglow: 8:30 p.m.
The Kristine Thatcher Fund (KTF) presents “Mark Twain’s All Hallows Eve,” an evening of spine-tingling and humorous tales starring Richard Henzel, Chicago actor and celebrated Mark Twain impersonator, in a new Halloween-themed show created especially for the Lansing event. WLNS news anchor Jane Aldrich will emcee. Tickets are $25 a person.
All proceeds will go to support local actor/director/playwright Kristine Thatcher in her fight against ovarian cancer. Tickets are available online at ktfund-marktwain.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Henzel’s “Mark Twain in Person” has been performed in 40 states, Canada, Great Britain and on the Mississippi Riverboat Delta Queen. “I've been adapting Mark Twain's opus to the lecture format since 1967 and always love to add to my repertoire,” said Henzel, a friend and fan of Thatcher’s since they first met in 1988 when they acted together at Bob Falls' Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago.
“Newly-worked selections for the benefit will include ‘The Skinned Man,’ ‘The Stabbed Man,’ and ‘A Curious Dream,’” Henzel said. “There's a good chance that ‘The Woman with the Golden Arm’ will make an appearance also.”
The afterglow will feature a door prize drawing of a glass sculpture by renowned artist Craig Mitchell Smith who created the piece especially for the benefit. Two other door prizes to be drawn are a Mitchell Smith glass poppy and two season passes to Riverwalk Theatre.
“What a great opportunity -- a chance to help Kristine, to see Richard Henzel as Mark Twain in a new show, and to win a one-of-a-kind creation by a national talent who just happens to live and work here in Greater Lansing,” said Jerry Mattson, chair of the KTF Steering Committee.
The Kristine Thatcher Fund is a Michigan nonprofit organization of Thatcher’s friends and colleagues to help with her ongoing medical and living expenses.