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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new musical based on Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” makes its premiere this spring on a showboat docked on the Mississippi in St. Paul.

The production will be performed aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat from April 11 through May 20.

The autobiographical tale follows young Samuel Clemens as he leaves home to learn steamboat piloting in 1858. Along the way he becomes a man and the celebrated American author Mark Twain.

The play features original acoustic music. It’s produced by Flying Pig Productions, a new professional Twin Cities theater co-founded by Ben Johnston and Tim Stolz of the Old Log Theater.

The Centennial Showboat is docked at Harriet Island Regional Park on the banks of the Mississippi and features a 225-seat theater.

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