Salem theater to open season with ‘Treasure Island’

Staff report


Salem Community Theatre will open its season Friday with the adventure “Treasure Island.”

This stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel is being directed by Dan Haueter.

A swashbuckling pirate tale, “Treasure Island” tells the story of the infamous and conniving Long John Silver (played by Brian Moore) and his quest for buried treasure, all told through the youthful eyes of the adventure-seeking Jim Hawkins (Jacob Nash).

Jim is the son of the owner of the Admiral Benbow Inn, where all the intrigue develops, courtesy of seedy characters such as Billy Bones (Haueter), Black Dog (Scott Wickersham) and a blind man, Pew (Ed Butch).

The quest for the missing treasure chest buried by the elusive Captain Flint (Tyler Stouffer) begins when a ship is purchased by a wealthy investor, then crewed with a dubious band of sailors and misfits, each one plotting to get their own hands on the treasure.

Originally written in 1883, Stevenson’s book became the inspiration for all things “pirate,” including treasure maps marked with an “X” on tropical isles, and one-legged pirates with parrots on their shoulders.

The novel was adapted by playwright Ken Ludwig and premiered in 2007. Family-oriented and often humorous, “Treasure Island” presents an opportunity to relive a classic piece of literature.

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