St. Croix River Association Presents, “An Afternoon with Mark Twain,” featuring Don Shelby

An afternoon with Samuel Clemens as he recounts his life and times on the Mississippi River.




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Via the St. Croix River Association:

Don Shelby as Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. (© Don Shelby)
Don Shelby as Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. (© Don Shelby)

Author and former WCCO-TV news anchor Don Shelby will be performing as Mark Twain in his one-man show, “An Afternoon with Mark Twain,” at The Phipps Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Shelby is an active outdoorsman and is passionate about protecting the St. Croix.

In his play, Shelby will recount the life and times of Mark Twain on the river. When Shelby takes the stage, after a two-hour make-up transformation, he brings alive the life of Samuel Clemens, through a collection of actual Twain quotes and stories. The words spoken on stage are Twain’s entirely—humorous, dramatic, insightful and richly evocative of a past era of our history. Shelby has performed this show for 25 years and each time his hope is that for the two hours, the audience will not see the news anchor, but rather be “transported back in time.”

Best known for his novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) and its sequel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884), Twain also worked as a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War. He penned the travel book and memoir “Life on the Mississippi” in 1883.

All proceeds support the St. Croix River Association whose mission is to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River and its watershed.


Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2 p.m.
The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016


  • $55: Preferred Seating and Post-Show Reception with Don Shelby
  • $34: General Seating
  • $18: Youth (18 and under) and Students

Buy tickets here.

For more information: Contact 715.483.3300 or visit