Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 16, 2010

Swashbuckling on stage

Treat the family to adventure on the high seas when Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents "Treasure Island," opening April 23 at the Amador Theater. It's being presented with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, with professionally choreographed fight scenes.

This production is Frederick Gaines' adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic. In the action-packed story, Jim Hawkins finds a map of Treasure Island and embarks on a series of escapades in search of buried treasure. His thrilling quest involves Long John Silver and the pirate crew of the Hispaniola, and Jim learns important lessons about courage, honesty and true friendship.

"To offer more children the wonderful experience of being in a play, we have two complete 'Treasure Island' casts, the Davey Jones cast and the Jolly Roger cast, who alternate performances," explained Festival Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals. "Our expansive cast of 44 young actors includes four sets of siblings, a hearing impaired girl who uses an interpreter in rehearsal, and several children whose parents who have relocated to the Tri-Valley from outside the United States."

"Treasure Island" is directed by Bill Olson, a teaching artist for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for the past five years. Professional combat choreographer Dexter Fidler directed the fight scenes. He has choreographed fights for more than 150 productions and was Robin Williams' trainer in sabre and cutlass for the movie "Hook."

"Treasure Island" will take place April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Find more information at www.civicartstickets.org or by phoning 931-3444. Audience members are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit The Haven Food Pantry.

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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