KERNERSVILLE LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND AND ITS 6TH ANNUAL BRING A BOOK TO LIFE PROGRAM
(KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA)—The Kernersville Little Theatre (KLT) will present the second show of its 43rd season, Treasure Island, on Fri., Nov. 15, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium, located at 512 West Mountain Street in Kernersville.
Additional performances will be held November 16 – 24. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students/seniors and $8 for children. Tickets are available online at www.kltheatre.com or at the door on performance dates. It runs approximately two hours and is suited for all audiences. Parking is free and available at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium.
Treasure Island is adapted from the classic novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson and is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates. It tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.
Treasure Island will be directed by Moses Goldberg, with Penny Holland as stage manager and Ally Mattingly as assistant stage manager. Tara Raczinski will serve as the set designer. Sharon Jarriel is the costume designer and Kathy Cissna is the lighting designer. Margaret Stringer is the flight choreographer and Larry Kirwan is the percussionist. The cast includes a mix of local actors including, Nick Kelley as Jim Hawkins and Raczenski as John Silver.
Audiences at this year’s performances will witness something special, because this adaptation of Treasure Island was written by Raczenski, a local playwright, who loves to adapt classic literature for the stage. Raczenski was chosen to customize the script to meet certain criteria so that Treasure Island could be the featured performance of KLT’s 6th annual Bring a Book to Life program.
“I believe there are still applicable truths to be found in Treasure Island, especially in the way it encourages us to examine the way we treat one another,” said Raczenski. “When I learned about KLT’s Bring a Book to Life program, I was eager to participate, and I wanted this performance to encourage readership among children.”
The Bring a Book to Life program is an outreach project that directly benefits the students at Kernersville Elementary School by placing an age-appropriate copy of the book, Treasure Island, into the hands of every child at the school. Each student will also attend a special performance of the play. KLT understands how live theatre can jumpstart the imagination, lengthen a child’s attention span and connect to the importance of reading. A play can jump a story off the page and bring it to life, which can be a revelation to regular bookworms, but also a real benefit to reluctant readers.
“Our Bring a Book to Life program directly supports reading and literacy while promoting the performing arts in education,” said Holland. “Several people involved in this project have been in all six Bring a Book to Life productions, and each year, we see something special happen.”
The Bring a Book to Life program is funded by private donations and grants to help support offset costs. With Raczenski’s new adaptation of Treasure Island, KLT applied for and was awarded a special grant from the New Play Initiative Grant program in Forsyth County. The result is a play audiences will find different in some ways, while the essence of the story remains the same.
“You can be brave in the face of adversity. You can stand up to bullies. And, having friends you can trust is the greatest treasure you will ever find,” said Raczenski. “That is a story we all need to hear, no matter how old we are.”
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