Theatre For Young People: "Treasure Island"
April 7, 2009
Harrisburg — HACC’s Theatre for Young People (TYP) will bring adventure and famous characters to the stage with an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
A public performance will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center theatre on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
TYP’s production of “Treasure Island” is an exciting theatrical adaptation by Aurand Harris. Along with young Jim Hawkins, the audience sails aboard the HMS “Hispanola” for a daring adventure on Treasure Island. In a conflict between good and evil, Jim courageously faces danger, learns that evil can masquerade as “good,” and matures from a boy into manhood. All of Stevenson’s famous characters are aboard -- the good doctor and the Squire, the sinister Blind Pew, the marooned Ben Gunn, the infamous Long John Silver, and a colorful crew of buccaneers. Arrrrrggghh, Matey!    
Directed by Brenda C. Eppley, HACC Professor of Theatre, TYP’s presentation provides an authentic depiction from the book. Costume design is by Paul Foltz, adjunct theatre instructor. Lighting design is by Lori Friedlander, theatre technical director. The elaborate set design/construction is by David J. Olmsted, scenic designer/production manager. Sound design is by Tamara Stevens. Property design is by Terri Hoffman. The stage manager for the production is HACC theatre student, Sydney Daviston-Atkins, and assistant stage manager is Crystal Brockman.
The “Treasure Island” cast is comprised of HACC students featuring (in alphabetical order) Josh Arnold, Jeff Aument, Gabriel Bellotti, Alex Cassel, DeAndra Chatman, Mark Deiter, Sean Hackman, Billy Koontz, Bill McCarthy, Sander Merrill, Sara Mullen, Mihir Patel and Jeremy Patterson.
“Treasure Island” will be presented as this year’s outreach program. For pre-registered school groups only, the Wednesday-Friday (April 22-24) weekday matinee shows are designed for ages 8 years and older and will begin at 9:30 a.m. each morning in HACC’s Rose Lehrman Arts Center theatre.
The live school performances will be immediately followed by the popular “talk-back” session with the cast, director, and crew. Registration is still open and schools can call Linda Dale at 780-2604 or find information and downloadable registration form on the TYP Web site: The cost is $4 per student. One chaperone per 10 students is required but no fee is charged for the chaperones.
The public performance of the Theatre for Young People’s production of "Treasure Island" is on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. This one-hour performance of "Treasure Island" runs without an intermission and is recommended for ages 8 and older. Tickets are $8 for all seats. A post-show party is included with the ticket admission price and includes a post-show talk-back with the cast immediately following the performance, pictures and autographs with the pirates (cast), and pirate treasure goody bags for each child. The Box Office phone is 231-ROSE (7673). Study guide information is available at Tickets are available online at
Also occurring on HACC's Harrisburg Campus on Saturday, April 25, is Globalfest 2009. Guests can make a day of it at HACC taking in Globalfest events and the TYP presentation of "Treasure Island." Globalfest features kids' activities, games and food vendors. For additional information on Globalfest please contact Multicultural affairs at 780-3276.
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