'Treasure Island,' 'Pirates of Penzance,' open this week at The Chapel in Troutdale

PHOTO COURTESY OF EASTSIDE THEATER - Treasure Island features Eastside Theaters young rising star actors.

Ahoy, maties!

Two swashbuckling plays are about to take the stage at Eastside Theater this week: "Treasure Island," featuring the theater's young rising star actors, and "Pirates of Penzance," an all-ages cast.

"We had a "Peter Pan" show earlier this year, and these plays were a great transition for the end of the year," says Production Manager Jalene Dick. "It's fun to incorporate the pirate theme again."

"Treasure Island" tells the thrilling tales of pirates, treasure maps and mutiny on the high seas. The story follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary kid drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the pirate Long John Silver.

The fun and lighthearted production retells the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson for audiences of all ages. Both "Treasure Island" and "Pirates of Penzance" feature a cast and crew of 43.

Sidra Cohen-Mallon, a fifth-grader at Oregon Trail Academy, plays Long John Silver. "He's a wise guy and I like that," Cohen-Mallon says. "It's fun to play an evil character — I've never done that before. The play has got a lot of action in it."

Eli Argubright, a Phonics Phactory sixth-grader, plays Jim Hawkins, the young protagonist. His favorite part of the play is getting captured by a bunch of pirates. "It's been really fun," Argubright says. "All the actors have been working really hard."

Phonics Phactory sixth-grader Ethan Knight plays Bill Bones. After playing one of the Lost Boys in "Peter Pan," playing a pirate is a role reversal for Knight. "I'm like a new person!" Knight jokes. "In the play, I'm always on the run... always filled with adrenaline, trying to get away before I'm caught."

If you go

'Treasure Island'

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 and 14; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9 and 16

Where: The Chapel 27132 S.E. Stark St. ,Troutdale

Cost: $12 for adults, $9.50 for students and seniors; $2 more at the door


PHOTO COURTESY OF EASTSIDE THEATER - 'Pirates of Penzance,' Eastside Theaterss second June production, includes an all-ages cast.

"Pirates of Penzance"

Eastside Theater's second adventuresome play, "Pirates of Penzance," features a band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, winsome Victorian maidens and the delightfully dotty "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall.

Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates.

He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel, but the road to romance is not as simple as it seems in this theater classic.

For Isaiah Johnson of Corbett, playing the Pirate King has been a dream role. "My family got the DVD when I was really young," Johnson says. "It's amazing that such an upbeat hilarious musical was written in 1870."

Barb Isaac of Corbett is making her foray into acting after helping in the background on her kids' productions for many years. "It occurred to me I had the chance to be part of a musical and wanted to seize that opportunity," Isaac says. "It's been lots of fun getting to work with people of a variety of ages."

Gresham resident Meagan Johnson plays Mabel, the maiden. "She is a bit flirtatious and even desperate, but she also shows gumption and bravery," Johnson says. "I've been having theater withdrawals and have been excited to form new bonds through Eastside Theater."

Lauren Binney, a junior at Metro East Web Academy, plays the understudy for Mabel. "The best part of this play has been getting to be so free to try many different things and put together a hilarious show," Binney says.

'Pirates of Penzance'

When: 7:30 p.m. June 8-10 and 15-17; 1 p.m. Saturday matinees June 9 and 16

Where: The Chapel 27132 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale

Cost: $12 for adults, $9.50 for students and seniors; $2 more at the door


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