Boone theater group opens 'Treasure Island' Friday

Sara Jordan-Heintz
Contributing writer
Maggie Witte, Jareth Cross, Haley Masker and Allie Hunter are part of the "Treasure Island" cast.

It’s got swashbuckling, danger and adventure in this popular coming of age tale. The Boone Community Theatre is kicking off its 2021-22 season with Ken Ludwig’s stage adaptation of the famed novel “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, to be staged Sept. 17, 18, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., and Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. at Open Bible Church, 1224 Hancock Drive in Boone.

The show will be presented in the round in the gym, where the audience will surround the stage.

“We’ve done one other show like this before and you realize how close you are to the audience. With an action-packed show like this, you feel like you’re right in the middle of it,” said John Hoffman, who portrays several characters in the play.

David Michael and John Hoffman are part of the cast for "Treasure Island."

Gershom and Jonathan Levi are directing it.

“We chose this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale because it preserves the story’s heart using poignant monologues to connect the scenes,” said Jonathan Levi, who co-directs with his brother Gershom. “By setting the play in the round, we are allowing audience members to sit as close as possible to the action — right in the middle of the betrayal, drama and excitement.”

Hoffman said from the opening scene, the audience would be captivated in the quest to find the treasure.

“The story keeps you guessing, unless you’ve read the book, of course,” he said with a laugh.

The show opens with a scene from the inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 where young Jim Hawkins has a thirst for adventure. He goes in search of pirates’ treasure and confronts Black Dog, Anne Bonny and Blind Pew. Long John Silver is considered the most famous hero-villain of all time.

Hoffman noted that a different area theater had put on a similar show recently and allowed BCT the use of its costumes.

Chris Terrell and Darren Jackson will perform in "Treasure Island."

“That’s one nice thing with community theater: we tend to help each other out when we can,” he added.

The cast consists of teen and adult-age actors. Due to the size of the cast, many of them are playing two to three roles that vary in time on stage.

“I go off stage and die and immediately come on as my other character,” Hoffman said. “Things like that are fun with theater. It’s fun to have a good challenge like that.”

John Hoffman rehearses for his role in "Treasure Island."

Hoffman has appeared in several BCT shows and has served on the board.

“Live theater is something we don’t see as much of as we did a generation ago, especially community theaters,” he said. “With ours, we have a lot of young people and that’s a good sign for the longevity of it.”

Since the story was written for children, the play is aimed at folks of all ages.

Advance tickets are available online at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with an ID and those age 65 or older. Season tickets are also available for $60 at the door.

Chris Terrell and Christopher Levi rehearse a scene from "Treasure Island."

Upcoming Boone Community Theatre shows

The musical “Little Women: A Merry Christmas” by Mary Chase, adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott, will be staged Dec. 2, 3 and 4.

“I Do! I Do!” is a tale about marriage by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. It will be put on in February 2022 and is also a musical.

Next will be “A Marvel Superhero Duo” performance of one-act plays from the Marvel Spotlight series: “Squirrel Girl Goes to College” by Karen Zacarías and “Hammered: a Thor and Loki Story” by Christian Borle, with show dates in April 2022.

Not part of the season ticket will be a performance of “All Together Now!” It will be put on at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. It is a fundraiser for the BCT building fund. Auditions were held Sept. 11.

“We try to get some good variety in every season,” Hoffman said.

Allie Hunter and Christopher Levi rehearse a scene from "Treasure Island."

Boone Community Theatre 'Treasure Island' cast

  • Jim Hawkins: Allie Hunter
  • Long John Silver: David Michael
  • Dr. Livesy/Jim’s Father/Blind Pew: John Hoffman
  • Squire Trelawney/Flint: Darren Jackson
  • Captain Smollett/Jim’s mother: Michele Jacobson
  • Israel Hands: Christopher Levi
  • Billy Bones/Tom Morgan/Ben Gunn: Brandon Windus
  • George Merry/Black Dog: Chris Terrell
  • Ezekiel Hazard/Inn Guest: Maggie Witte
  • Beggar/Pirate: Autumn Weaver-Nigro
  • Justice Death/Rathbone/Inn Guest: Jareth Cross
  • Anne Bonny/Inn Guest: Johanna Levi
  • Job O’Brien: Haley Masker
  • Calico Jack/Inn Guest: Tirzah Levi
Chris Terrell and Darren Jackson are part of the cast for "Treasure Island."