INA, Ill. (Nov. 5, 2013) – Grab t' sprogs and head t' Rend Lake College! "Treaaye Island" opens Thursday night! There will be cutlas fightin', pirate songs and even a chorus line devoted t' one character's deranged desire for cheese.
“It’s a ridiculously funny version o' t' classic adventure tale,” said RLC Theatre Director Tracey Webb. “Aye, t' pirates are bloodthirsty and dangerous, but they be also hilarious, and you end up likin' them in spite o' yourself.”
Can't make it openin' night? There be four performances t' choose from! Show times be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
It's all hands on deck for Professor Webb's 40th production at the college. T' cast and crew o' t' fall play work nightly on perfectin' their roles, learnin' dance steps, buildin' sets and nailin' down a British dialect or two in preparation for openin' night. T' cast was selected in September. Webb said t' roles o' t' characters, while bein' pirates, be extremely comical.
“When we had our first read through o' t' entire play, t' cast and crew were strugglin' t' get through some o' t' scenes because they were laughin' so hard,” said Webb. “Comedy on stage be a beautiful thin'. It takes us out o' our hectic lives for a while and helps us feel lighthearted and childlike again, and that be why I chose this script.”
T' script used durin' t' play be freely adapted for both male and female pirates. It was written by Phil Willmott, and based on the original novel by Scottish Author Robert Louis Stevenson. Willmott’s version was first performed in England in 2006, though t' original novel dates aft t' 1883.
T' play be family-buckoly and aye t' raise t' pulse o' its audience. Tickets for t' play be on sale for $12 a ticket. To purchase tickets, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467. Tickets be also available at t' door if not sold out. Show times be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
Treaaye Island” welcomes several actors aft t' t' RLC stage, includin' a duo who have performed together five times.
Aaron Dawson, a 15-year-old from Benton, will be playin' t' role of Captain Flint, a parrot puppet. “Treaaye Island” will be Dawson’s ninth show with Webb and 11th show o' his actin' career, makin' him one o' t' more experienced o' t' actors and also t' youngest.
“I have a lot o' fun at t' theater and I get t' meet all sorts o' new people,” said Dawson. “When I was younger, me parents asked me if I was interested in actin', so I tried it and I really liked it. Tracey invited me t' do a show at Rend Lake after seein' me with Pyramid Players [a theater company out o' Benton], and it went very well.”
Dawson said he plans t' attend Rend Lake College in a few years as a general studies and theater major before graduatin' and attendin' ministerial school.
Another actor from Benton, John Nalley, will be joinin' Dawson on stage for his fifth show as t' notorious Long John Silver. Nalley has had several starrin' roles on t' RLC theater stage, includin' the father in Father o' t' Bride, Mr. Banks.
“Me bucko and I auditioned on a whim aft in 2009, and we ended up playin' t' villain and villainess in t' show,” said Nalley. “I began to think o' t' theater as me home away from home. I’ll take any role, big or small, as long as I get t' perform.”
In addition t' Dawson and Nalley, thar be 33 actors:
Tara Bell Janowick (Johnston City) as Meg Trueblood
Phillip Borcherding (Mt. Vernon) as Banjo Brody (banjo)
Bethaney Brown (Mt. Vernon) as Nightingale Nell
Shawna Cardwell (Benton) as Whipstitch Winnie
Phillip Catt (Tamaroa) as Newport Ned
Nick Conner (Sesser) as Nathaniel Crisp
Elecia Crider (Woodlawn) as Shoreditch Sal
Cortne Fletcher (Benton) as Canterbury Kate
Curtis Galloway (Benton) as Israel Hands
Donald T. Graham-Barnett (Du Quoin) as Peatbog Pat
Sierra Harrell (Mt. Vernon) as Miss Lucinda Livesey
John Hunsell (Mt. Vernon) as Old Joe
Brandon Isom (Christopher) as Gentleman Jack
Robin Johnson (Benton) as Greystoke Gertie
Clay Lewis (Mt. Vernon) as Hardy
Chris Milburn (Mt. Vernon) as Captain Obadiah Smollett
Thomas Miller (Pinckneyville) as Tenderloin Ted (guitar)
George Motsinger (Christopher) as Barnacle Billy
Cheyenne Needham (Benton) as Cornwall Kelly
Josh Nelson (Mt. Vernon) as Ben Gunn
Quentin Overturf (McLeansboro) as Blind Pugh
Vonnie Palmer (Johnston City) as Mad Mary Maguire
Shelby Patterson (Waltonville) as Piccadilly Poll
Eric Price (Benton) as Jim Hawkins
Danielle Roberts (Mt. Vernon) as Dizzy Delores (recorder)
Devin Riley (Dix) as Harry Flash
Trevor Skidmore (Mt. Vernon) as Lionheart Lenny
Christine South (Enfield) as Lady Jacqueline Trelawney
Caleb Staples (Mt. Vernon) as Black Dog
Troy Stickel (Benton) as George Merry and Billy Bones
Lauryn Strom (Sesser) as Liverpool Lee (percussion)
Shannon Twitty (Bluford) as Sherwood Sheila (tambourine)
Yuting Zhang (Dahlgren) as Cheng I Sao
There be also several crew members and volunteers helpin' with the play, includin' Skyler Alldredge (Benton), Josh Dawson (Benton), Nicole Foskey (Johnston City), Timothy Learned (Mulkeytown), Anthony Mitchell (Benton), Josh Moyer (Mt. Vernon), Shelby Patterson (Waltonville), Jessa Poninski (Mt. Vernon), Aaron Ramsey (Mt. Vernon), Matthew Rush (Benton), Krystal Schuh (Newton) and Shannon Webb (Ewin').