Treasure Island Musical Will Make World Premiere at Arkansas Repertory Theatre

News   Treasure Island Musical Will Make World Premiere at Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Arkansas Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of Treasure Island -- A New Musical.

Directed and choreographed by Brett Smock, performances are scheduled for March 8-31, 2013. Casting will be announced at a later time.

The musical, which is adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, features a book by Smock and Carla Vitale and music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina.

"Bored by his mundane life tending to patrons at the Admiral Benbow Inn, young Jim Hawkins yearns for adventure and a life beyond his window," according to press notes. "When Billy Bones, a drunken, surly old sea captain, becomes a long-term boarder at the Inn, Jim is entranced by his wild tales of life at sea with the infamous Captain Flint. Jim’s wish is soon granted when members of Flint’s cutthroat crew come to claim 'what’s theirs' – the coveted treasure map hidden in Bones’ mysterious sea chest. When Bones dies in a struggle for the map, Jim narrowly escapes with his life and Bones’ prized possession. Jim seeks advice and protection from the nobleman Squire Trelawney and family doctor David Livesey who decide to outfit a majestic ship – the Hispaniola. With a sturdy crew in place, hired by the duplicitous rogue Long John Silver, and led by the stoic Captain Smollett, the group sets sail in search of their fortunes. Greed escalates, mutiny divides the crew and loyalties are forever broken. Armed and hungry for treasure, the camps arrive where 'X' marks the spot. Will they find the treasure? And if so, at what cost?"

"This thrilling tale introduces us to a young boy caught up in a world not of his making, a world of greed and betrayal,” said Robert Hupp, producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre, in a statement. “With a fresh new take on the famous story that defined the idea of adventure, this production shines anew as we all embark on the journey.”

The creative team also includes music director Corinne Aquilina, fight choreographer Rick Sordelet and orchestrator/arranger Frederick Alden Terry. For more information visit or

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