Auditions for Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cleveland County Arts Council
111 S. Washington Street
Shelby, NC 28150
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The final production of the Greater Shelby Community Theater’s 2014-2015 season is the tale of one young boy’s adventure on the high seas– in the local premiere production of “Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island”, to be directed by Jim Chandler, a local actor and director at the Little Theater of Gastonia. Adapted by Ken Ludwig from the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, “Treasure Island” will feature local actors playing multiple roles in this tale of pirates, mayhem, and buried treasure…

“Treasure Island” is told from the point of view of young Jim Hawkins, the son of an innkeeper in 18th century England, who matches wits with a pirate crew determined to obtain a buried treasure. Taking a highly sought-after map in hand, Hawkins sets off on a terrifying adventure in search of the treasure. With heart-pounding sword fights, edge-of-your-seat rescues, and cutthroat mutiny on the high seas, “Treasure Island” is an adventure for the whole family, but the youngest members of the family may be frightened by scenes of pirate mayhem and the sounds of pistol and musket shots. Some characters will DIE! This play is not Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”! It is closer to the Walt Disney movie adaptation of 1950, but playwright Ken Ludwig gives an interesting Shakespearean twist to the plot.

Playwright Ken Ludwig is the author of “Leading Ladies”, as well as the Broadway hits “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Crazy for You”, which have all been performed in the Little Theater of Gastonia and elsewhere in this area.. “Treasure Island” will feature a cast of 15-20 actors and actresses in the lead roles, some playing multiple roles. This is an actor’s show, requiring the participants to demonstrate deep ranges of characterizations. Most of the roles are for adults in the 25-60 age range. Jim Hawkins is a 14 year old boy in the novel and play, but can also be played by an actress in her late teens or twenties, as long as the candidates for that character can act the emotional ranges necessary for the part… Some younger children also appear in bit parts. Several of the pirates are older women, portraying Black Dog (Mary Reed), a pirate swordswoman–and Anne Bonney, an older piratess, who historically served aboard a ship with Mary Reed in the 1720s…

Auditions for this production will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, May 29-30 (6pm – 9pm), and Sunday afternoon, May 31 (2:30pm – 5:30pm), at the Arts Council Building in Shelby, on the courthouse square, just across the street from the original Cleveland County Courthouse Building. The audition room is on the driveway ramp side of the Arts Council Building, downstairs. The play will be performed at Cleveland Community College (CCC), across from the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, in the Mildred Keeter Auditorium of CCC, on July 17,18, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm, and July 19, 26 at 2:30pm. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends. Rehearsals will commence on June 2nd.

The auditions are open to ALL.

Cost: FREE
Contact: Jim Chandler
Contact Phone: (704) 480-8495
Contact Email: [email protected]

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