19 and 21 December 2014 Mandeni Family Fun Park Merimbula
StageFlight Drama School in association with Footprint Theatre presented 4 shows of Treasure Island by Les Winspear, directed by Lis Shelley.
Arrrgh me hearties!
In the tradition of “The Wind in the Willows” and “Ferdinand the Bull”, director Lis Shelley is taking another family play outdoors, this time to Mandeni Family Fun Park on Sapphire Coast Drive. Audiences are invited to bring along hats and a picnic rug or cushion to sit on as they journey with the cast to three different locations to reach “Treasure Island”.
The cast of 16 actors, ranging from 8 to 15 years, have been studying drama for up to two years with StageFlight Drama School’s After School Program. Pambula’s Footprint Theatre is also supporting the production, by providing crew and mentoring the young actors.
Based on the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Tasmanian playwright Les Winspear has adapted this light-hearted version of the play with many tongue-in-cheek elements. The heroine of the story is Jemma (not Jim) Hawkins, an adventurous 18th century lass played by Lisa Bond. Accompanied by mild-mannered Doctor Livesey (Macklin Powell), she encounters rogue pirate Long John Silver (Jared Auer) moonlighting as a hot dog seller, and meets numerous pirates and other shady characters on her search for Treasure Island.
Prominent folk musician Steve Wilson from Wyndham plays his concertina in support of several rousing choruses including pirate favourite “Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest”, “The Wild Sea”, “Take-Oh”, “Good Time Holiday” and “Heave Ho” with a rendition of “Cheese” by mozzarella-obsessed marooned sailor Ben Gunn (Alicia Munt).
Audience participation is guaranteed as children and adults are invited before the show to make pirate hats and have their faces painted before becoming honorary pirates.
Featuring the students of StageFlight Drama School …
|Doctor Livesey, Jemma’s Tutor
|Mrs Hawkins, Jemma’s mother
|Captain Billy Bones
|Blind Pew, a pirate
|Black Dog, Blind Pew’s companion
|Hawker, a street seller
|Shady, a street seller
|Spiv, a street seller
|Long John Silver
|Captain Smollet, Doc Livesey’s cousin
|Bilge Rat Bart
|Cut Throat Sam
|Ben Gunn, a marooned sailor
|Also featuring the rowboat sailor…
Supported by Footprint Theatre & Parents of StageFlight students:
|Karl Auer, Kerry Hynes, Judy Shelley,
Gwyneth Roberts, Penelope Hunt
|Front of House
|Louise Yeoman, Lorea Elia, Bruce Powell
|Costumes & Props
|Robyn & Greg Whitby – Bus Stop Costumes