"Thank you so much for your program last night. I will pass your name along... highly recommending your program. Mark Twain certainly has a kindred spirit in you." --- Janet Angus, Director, Merrimack Public Library
Advice to Youth is a 45 minute program designed for the High School audience. It is an amalgam of stories, wisdom, and advice (both good and bad) derived from Twain's writings and the few speeches he actually gave to assemblies of young people.
Hannibal Years is a 45 minute program for 6-9th grade students who have been exposed to Tom Sawyer. It identifies the real people behind the characters and contains touching and humorous stories from Twain's youth growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The primary educational objectives of these pieces are as follows:
1. To promote creative and critical thinking. Careful and attentive listening is required to get the most out of the program. Twain's use of "nonsense' was an important element in his work.
2. To expand vocabulary through the use of language the modern student may be unfamiliar with. Meanings can generally be ascertained from the context of the speech, but vocabulary lists are available in advance if a teacher would like to go over them with the students
3. To stimulate examination of other times and cultures. The situations and experiences presented are those of 19th century small town life and unfamiliar to most modern students.
Bern Budd has been a professional actor since graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York in 1971. He has worked on both coasts, and in between, and has won many awards. He is currently based in Massachusetts.