INA, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2013) – The classic tale of “Treasure Island,” originally written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883, will be portrayed on the Rend Lake College Theatre stage this fall.
Tickets for the play will go on sale Oct. 7 for $12 a ticket. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
Theatre Professor Tracey Webb said that the script she will be using was written by Phil Willmott in 2006, making it unique to this area.
“It’s not very old. I like to find versions of well-known stories that are different,” said Webb. “I often choose plays based off well-known historical literature, because so many of our youth today are missing out on the classics. Hopefully, I’m going to teach the students a little about Robert Louis Stevenson.”
Willmott’s script has one difference that Webb said she is very excited about – the larger number of female roles. Altogether, there are 21 characters, plus a parrot puppet, that will act, sing and dance across the stage.
“It’s going to be very family-friendly,” said Webb. “There’s a lot of comedy in this version, and it’s pretty ridiculous in some scenes. I thought it was a great idea to do a pirate show because of the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.”
The play will also have subtle themes throughout the performance, the most prominent being greed.
“This play deals a lot with greed and what that can do to people,” said Webb. “It’s a dark theme as it shows raw human nature, but it’s going to be really fun and pumped full of humor. Everyone is going to love it.”
Currently, Webb said she is working on the logistics of the play, such as the two backdrops (on the island and inside a tavern), and creating the parrot puppet. She asks that anyone interested in helping with building the sets, creating period costumes, and working lights or sound to contact her at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1295.
To purchase tickets, contact Cathy Cross at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1263.
To see the audition flyer, click here.