MEREDITH — When The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Education Director, Timothy L'Ecuyer, began brainstorming ideas for directing kids and teens in an adaptation of the historical, swashbuckling tale Treasure Island, he ended up going down a path few would consider: punk rock pirates. The 1780s will meet the 1980s when Treasure Island sets sail on the Playhouse's stage on March 20-22.
Ken Ludwig's fanciful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel follows young Jim Hawkins as he takes to the high seas in search of treasure and contends with a band of buccaneers including the brutal Billy Bones, sinister Blind Pew, brash Anne Bonny, and, of course, Long John Silver.
Fifteen local kids will take on the challenge of bringing the tale to life, many of them playing multiple roles from landlubbers to swashbucklers – albeit clad in black leather and studs. Inventive staging will have cast members literally climbing all areas of the theatre.
Says L'Ecuyer, "It has been very rewarding to work with this ensemble of actors to really explore the power of abstraction and deconstruction of such a universally known text. We are all eager to share the results of our exciting process."
Treasure Island sponsored through a unique partnership between The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and New Hampton School. It is suitable for adults and children ages eight and above. Tickets in the orchestra are $14 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Balcony seats are available for $10. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.
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