Twain impersonator will perform on South Shore |

Twain impersonator will perform on South Shore

Provided to the TribuneMcAvoy Layne plays Mark Twain on Thursday.

A resurrected Mark Twain will entertain children and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Forest Service Lake of the Sky Amphitheater on Highway 89, three miles north of the intersections of Highway 50 and Highway 89. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

McAvoy Layne of Incline Village, who has been portraying Mark Twain as a full-time vocation for 17 years, will present his 1800s-style storytelling peppered with autobiographical tidbits. He has averaged more than 600 programs a year in such diverse settings as Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City and at the Mark Twain Institute at Elmira, N.Y.

Author of the anecdotal biography, “Hooked on Twain,” Layne continues to study and diversify his material, which ranges from “The Tales of Tahoe” to “The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope” to “Letters From the Earth” and “Letters From the Sandwich Islands.”

One of the most popular programs presented at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, Layne is returning for the 15th year portraying Mark Twain as part of the Tales from Taylor Creek series.

“One thing I love about Twain is that he has something for everyone,” Layne said. “I do storytelling with young children. For middle and high school students, there are lessons to learned from Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer. And, I have some of Twain’s aphorisms for the adults.”

The program is sponsored by the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin and the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the environmental education programs conducted by the Forest Service in the Tahoe Basin. Income generated from the performance will be used for future educational programs.

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