Auditions Feb. 4 and 5 at LLCC for world premier sequel “Revenge: Treasure Island”
A collaborative production with Cutlass Artists
SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College, in collaboration with Cutlass Artists, NFP, will hold auditions for “Revenge: Treasure Island” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7- 9 p.m. in Sangamon South room 0015 on the LLCC Springfield campus.
“Revenge: Treasure Island” is a world-premiere sequel to “Treasure Island,” which was performed by LLCC in 2016. This new script is written and directed by Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre. It features leading roles for women and men and exciting sword fights throughout. The outdoor production will run May 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. in the Helen Hamilton area near the campus lake.
Following up on the original story in Stevenson’s Treasure Island in which a young Jim battles with and outwits pirates, “Revenge: Treasure Island” takes place some years after Jim and crew return to England. In it, Long John Silver and his wife Bess are threatened by two pirates who were marooned on Treasure Island. Silver and Bess ship aboard a pirate vessel piloted by the notorious pirate couple, Anne Dieu-Le-Veut and Lorens De-Graaf whose teenage daughter accompanies them. Jim now has a wife and twins, Ben and Alexandra who are present when Long John Silver arrives at the door warning him that the formerly marooned pirates have returned for revenge and treasure. An adventure ensues, featuring kidnapping, double-crosses and a ship-to-ship battle. In the final conflict over the treasure, the women of the crew save the day.
College students and community members are encouraged to audition. Those interested in backstage duties or stage management should drop by auditions for a brief conference with Professor Hardiman or contact him directly at email@example.com.
This new sequel has many roles for strong, women and men 16-65 years old including:
- Julietta Stilwell–the governess of Ben and Alexandra; she is a strong woman of impeccable character who is not afraid to enter into a battle with pirates with bumbershoot or wits
- Jim Hawkins–now grown and parent; he leads the adventure to rescue his kidnapped daughter
- Ben Hawkins–the teenage son of Jim Hawkins whose studies of maps and battles proves invaluable
- Alexandra Hawkins–the twin sister of Ben; she is expert at astronomy and saves the day by navigating the pirate’s ship
- Long John Silver–the infamous peg-legged pirate; he is now returned to save Jim and family
- Bess–Silver’s wife who is a wise and powerful woman and is not afraid to wield a cutlass or flintlock
- Anne Dieu-Le-Veut–the French pirate-wife of Lorens DeGraaf who co-captains their vessel; she is natural leader and an excellent sword-fighter
- Lorens DeGraaf–an intelligent French pirate of noble character who believes in helping those less fortunate
- Marie Catherine–daughter of Anne is a bright, young woman who is able to handle herself in a sword fight and clever banter
- Dr. Livsey–the doctor from the original who returns on this voyage
- Dirk–a pirate from the previous Treasure Island who was left on the Island marooned; he now returns for revenge
- Dick–formerly a bible carrying pirate; he is now in league with Dirk; he is unsure of his position and loyalty; learns forgiveness
- Killing–a pirate in the crew with Dick and Dirk; he is a dangerous, unpredictable cutthroat
- Other roles will double as pirates, townspeople and more
“Just as the original that I adapted two years ago was a young man’s coming of age story, “Revenge: Treasure Island” aims to be a coming of age tale for the present. It empowers women and reveals that collaboration and cooperation between sexes wins the day,” says Hardiman.
LLCC Theatre is committed to education in theatre, emphasizing not only performance but also growth in those involved in the production. Those participating will register for college credit or participate through LLCC’s Community Education program.
This collaboration is an extension of the Cutlass Artists NFP mission which is “… to provide meaningful and rewarding artistic opportunities for artists and audiences by building communities of like-minded individuals that demonstrate the value of art in their lives and respect for the artists that create them,” says Hardiman. Tickets will be sold through the Cutlass Artists website, cutlassartists.com.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-786-4942. If you would like to audition but cannot attend please, contact Mark Hardiman at the above. More information on the production may be found at cutlassartists.com.