Experience “An Evening with Mark Twain”

Experience “An Evening with Mark Twain”


MOUNT OLIVE- Experience a live performance portraying one of America’s most beloved and controversial figures.  On Saturday, November 15, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a “must see” theatrical evening with the American icon Mark Twain played by Mount Olive native John Clifton.  The event will be held at 7:30 PM in the Historic Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.


Clifton began his theatrical career at the University of North Carolina, where he studied voice and drama. Clifton also specialized in character development, mime techniques, narrative and vocal development, and vocal training with German opera star Helga Bullock, mother of Sandra Bullock.  With 25 years of theatre experience and a host of famous theatre character portrayals under his belt, Clifton is a natural choice to bring Mark Twain to life at UMO.

“An Evening with Mark Twain” will be a hilarious and insightful recreation of an actual lecture that the world famous humorist and author would have given during his highly acclaimed world tour culminating in 1905.

In his customary white suit and ever-present cigar, Twain will take audience members through a fascinating panoply of uproarious comedy, gentle reminiscence, biting social satire, and often dark commentary of the human condition. It’s all seen through the eyes of a man who had been at the top of the literary and social spectrum for most of his life and had reached the age and level of esteem where he felt free to say what was on his mind with almost no fear of censure.

The event is sponsored by the La Belle Epoque (UMO Drama Club) and The Fine Arts Circle.  Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information about the event, please contact Tyanna Yonkers by email at TYonkers@umo.edu.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.