Suitable for ages: 7-11 / P4-7
Outline: An adaptation of R.L. Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale.
Character Groups: Loyalists, Pirates, Locals/Castaways
Lead Parts: Jim Hawkins, The Captain, Long John Silver & Doctor Livesey
Duration: 50 MINS
About Treasure Island
The Charades Theatre production of Treasure Island is based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is a cracking yarn full of deceit in which a young boy, Jim, snatches a treasure map from the grasp of evil pirates and heads across the high seas in search of treasure. He is befriended by a local noble and doctor who charter a ship and hire a crew for the coming adventure. However, the formidable and cunning pirate Long John Silver wangles his way onto the ship as the cook. Over the course of the voyage he plants the seeds of mutiny in the minds of the other crew members. As they near the island upon which the treasure is rumoured to be buried the temptation of infinite riches becomes too much for the weak minded sailors and more than half the crew mutiny attempting to seize both the bounty and the ship. A fierce fight for survival ensues and it is only through good fortune and stunning bravery that Jim and his loyal companions manage to defy Silver and his malicious band of freebooters.
This production of Treasure Island has been structured so that it can be performed by large groups of children – a cast of up to 120 children from classes in primaries 4, 5, 6 & 7. These groups will play characters such as the Loyalists, Mutineers, Castaways and Locals, all of whom are integral to the story. The musical consists of eight major songs and each cast member will be involved in singing four of these. The cast is divided into three main character groups that correlate with normal school class divisions. For example, the Loyalists would be played by the primary 5 class and the Castaways/Locals would be played by primary 6. The way that the cast is divided into three main character groups can vary from school to school so that it causes the minimum disruption to timetables, curriculums etc.