Set Sail On The High Seas With Swashbuckling Pirates

By May 4, 2013Arts/Culture

Submitted. Theatre Junkies Anonymous Fine Arts, who opened its doors in the Fraser Valley last May, is rounding out its second season with the classic pirate story Treasure Island. This grand tale follows Jim Hawkins, a young boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver as they race for treasure on Skeleton Island. The production runs at the University of the Fraser Valley May 22-26.

Directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Megan Mackenzie, and local actor, Gabby Bohmer, this production is based on the original novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and is an exciting adventure for all ages. “Treasure Island has something for everyone,” says Mackenzie. “Our talented cast of nineteen performers present comedic, dramatic and villainous characters that all hold one common goal: to find the treasure. Music, slapstick humour and a number of high energy sword fights piece together this story in a way that is both authentic and creative.”

Taking on the iconic role of Jim Hawkins is Abbotsford resident Patrick Jolicoeur. Jolicoeur has performed in Theatre Junkies Anonymous’ past two productions, most recently playing Fred Burnett in the sold-out run of A Christmas Carol. The evil buccaneer Long John Silver is played by local actor Eldon Letkeman.

Taking up arms in Treasure Island as Doctor Livesay is Abbotsford performer Adriel Brandt. “The Doctor befriends Jim, acting as a mentor and trustworthy confidante on his adventure. Whereas most of the other significant characters waffle between likeable and unsavoury, the Doctor is always on the side of his young companion,” says Brandt of his character.

Other local actors in the ensemble, playing a variety of roles, include: Rebekah Brisco, Philip Dyck, Aaron Froc, Darin Graham, Dallas Hanson, Torry Janz, Kirk MacFarlane, Madison McArthur, Danielle Milette, Noah Park, Colleen Plenert, Melissa Regamble, Thomas Smith, Jenna Veenbaas, Derek Ward-Hall and Jessie Whatley.

This show is a theatre for young audience’s production, meaning that it is intended for families and audiences of all ages. “Theatre Junkies is committed to producing theatre that will be meaningful and memorable for all ages,” says Mackenzie, “and we couldn’t think of a better production than Treasure Island to bring to the stage this spring.”

The UFV Chilliwack North Theatre is located at 45635 Yale Road. Shows run on May 22 at 7:30pm; May 23 at 7:30pm; May 24 at 7:30pm; May 25 at 2pm and 7:30pm and May 26 at 2pm. Tickets range from $12 – $16 (including all taxes) and can be purchased in advance through the Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office, at 604-391-7469, or at the door with cash only one hour prior to performances.

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