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'Treasure Island' brought to life

POSTED: July 18, 2013 12:26 a.m.
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Patrick Versace and Tiffany Chin fire a cannon while Karen Walsh, center, and Mike Yow, far left, sing during a rehearsal for “Treasure Island” at the Cumming Playhouse.

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The well-known novel “Treasure Island” will come alive with sword fights and song on the Cumming Playhouse stage beginning July 18.

The play, which is based on the book, follows a boy’s journey to discover hidden treasure while encountering pirates and other dangers.

Grant Barron, the 13-year-old who plays the character Jim Hawkins, finds the treasure map in the beginning of the play. He said he especially enjoys being able to fight with swords during the play.

“It’s fun,” he said. “It’s crazy. There’s a lot of action.”

But Barron isn’t alone, everyone gets to be a kid on stage, said Marty Baker, who plays the character Squire Trelawney.

“This show is a lot of fun,” Baker said. “With the sword fighting, it’s like we’re all just a bunch of kids out there.”

The action-based adventure is lively and upbeat. The director, who goes only by the name Mercury, said even the deaths are exciting.

“It’s a fantastic event to bring the family to,” Mercury said. “I guarantee you the kids will be talking about it for months.”

The show is meant for children, but Mercury cautions against bringing those younger than 8 because some of the pirates are scary.

A group of pirates from the show participated in the Fourth of July Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade and Mercury said the feedback they received from the crowd was uplifting.

“Everyone we met along the route really enjoyed it,” he said.

Tiffany Chin, a professional actress, usually participates in TV and film productions. Her role as Black Dog in the local production will be her first live theater performance since she was 3.

She enjoys playing a powerful female pirate. “I like the challenge of it,” she said.

According to Mercury, the show will highlight the humor of the timeless classic, which is “well-known and loved by many.”

To Chin, the cast’s portrayal is more humorous than usual.

“You’ve got pirates that are funny and pirates that are dark,” she said. “It’s a little of both, so it keeps you interested.”

The story also is filled with adventure, betrayal and excitement.

“It’s very fun and very exciting and very vibrant,” Mercury said.

“Having the whole story come together is the best part for me. To be able to bring to life such a wonderful novel, that’s what I got into the theater for.”

 

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