Missoula auditions set for Aug. 16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Covington Arts Council will hold auditions for its Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Treasure Island on the afternoon of Mon., Aug. 16.

Students should arrive promptly at 3:15 at the Dixon Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of LBWCC for auditions.

CAC executive director Paula Harr said auditions are open for students in first through 12th grades.

“You don’t have to prepare anything or sing or dance,” she said. “They need to be able to speak loudly, clearly and be able to follow instructions.”

The production is an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel.

Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his mother and six sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Independence is in its last days. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. While waiting tables in the family inn, Jim finds a treasure map, and, with the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, sails uncharted seas with only the ragged map and a flock of gulls as guides.

Always up for adventure, Jim’s ruffian friends say farewell to their village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) pirate types.

Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending.

Rehearsals for Treasure Island will be held Tuesday through Thursday, and performances are set for Fri., Aug. 20.

Southeast Alabama Gas District is the corporate sponsor for the event.

The Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club will sponsor a Treasure Island performance for fourth graders during the school day. Coterie Club also is a sponsor of some Missoula workshops.

A public performance is set for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.