AFT Presents High School Students with Complimentary Tickets

In celebration of American Folklore Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season, every elementary, middle and high school student in Door County will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the world premiere production Life on the Mississippi this summer at the AFT Amphitheatre in Peninsula State Park. More than 4,000 tickets were distributed to the schools the week of May 17.



Life on the Mississippi will take students on a journey with young Samuel Clemens as he leaves home in Hannibal, Missouri to be a cub pilot on a Mississippi steamboat in 1858. Adapted from Mark Twain’s own memoir, writers Douglas M. Parker (book/lyrics) and Denver Casado (music) have fashioned a funny and heartfelt musical that will give students a deeper understanding of how Sam Clemens became the well-known American author, Mark Twain.



This is not the first time that American Folklore Theatre has engaged in this type of large-scale community outreach. In 2001, AFT donated over 4,500 tickets to Door County students to see Loose Lips Sink Ships.



Life on the Mississippi is sponsored by Baylake Bank and opens Friday, June 18 and plays until August 27 on Mondays at 8 pm, Wednesdays at 6 pm, and Fridays at 8 pm at the AFT Amphitheatre in Peninsula State Park. For more information, visit