Feb 26, 2008

*ODDFELLOWS** JUNIOR REPERTORY COMPANY PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND***

Oddfellows Junior Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of pirates and buried treasure on March 6-15. Kim West directs an ensemble cast of 17 actors from throughout central Connecticut, ages 12-14, in this story of the adventures of young Jim Hawkins and the wily Long John Silver.

Filled with murderous pirates, a treasure map, and exploits on the high seas, Treasure Island is one of literature’s best-known coming of age stories--the tale of a boy who leaves home, goes on a journey, and returns home with maturity and insight that transform his life. Told by Jim Hawkins years later as he reflects back on his life, this familiar story traces his adventure from the rural English village where he unwittingly finds the map to a legendary treasure. Accompanied by two local gentlemen who unknowingly hire a ship with a crew of pirates, Jim sails to the West Indies in search of buried riches. The cunning pirate Long John Silver schemes to get the treasure for himself but ultimately helps Jim take over the ship, outwit the other pirates, secure the gold, escape the island, and return home. Along the way, Jim learns about bravery, greed, friendship, independence, and the ambiguity of morality.

The imagery of Treasure Island decisively influenced public perception of pirates—one-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders, the Black Spot which signaled doom for anyone who received it, a weathered map marked with an “X,” rum and sea chanteys, the black Jolly Roger flag with skull and crossbones, and buried gold on tropical islands. This adaptation by Eric Schmiedl was first presented at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2005. Oddfellows’ talented Junior Repertory Company brings a host of compelling characters to life as they tell a terrific story.
Support for Oddfellows Playhouse 2007-08 season comes from the CT State Department of Education, the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, The Stare Fund, The Middletown Foundation for the Arts, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.

Treasure Island previews at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown on Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm, with a “can-can” performance (pay-what-you-can and bring a can for the Amazing Grace food pantry). Additional performances are on March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (860) 347-6143.