‘Treasure Island’ enchants at LCC
By Shauna Stocken
Guest of all ages filled LCC’s outdoor amphitheater and sat atop the grassy hill above for the production of “Treasure Island.”
The play featured current and former LCC students and was staged June 20 through 24.
“It’s a classic pirate action-adventure,” said actor Connor Kelly. He played Ben Gunn, a cheese-obsessed pirate. “It’s a funny and dramatic show.”
The performance was free to attend, though donations were accepted. Donations aided students from the production through LCC’s scholarship fund.
“I think that it’s beneficial in general for LCC to have such a big cast show,” Kelly said. “It gives everyone who wants to pursue theater, or who is already in the studio program, an opportunity to be a part of a show, too; to be a part of a team.”
The production was written by L. Don Swartz and directed by LCC professor D. John Lennox.
Featured among the cast of 23 actors was the one-legged pirate Long John Silver, played by LCC alumni of 1998, Brett Allen Eckhart.
“This is actually the first night that I haven’t fallen, so that’s a good sign,” Eckhart said after opening night.
According to Eckhart, the part of Long John Silver didn’t initially appeal to him. But after being asked by Swartz, he was excited about the role.
“After getting to talk about who he (Long John Silver) is and everything, and the way he does things and how crafty he is, it was like that would be a really cool challenge,” Eckhart said. “I was very grateful to be given the chance and very excited to go for it.”
Audience member Kellie Marrison said she is graduating from LCC’s theater program after summer semester.
“I did know about this play before tonight, but I never knew all the storyline behind it, so that was fun to see,” Marrison said.
According to Marrison, she had many friends in the outdoor production which brought her out to opening night.
It is important that people are able to enjoy theater,” Marrison said. “Theater is very much a community thing.”
“Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen” is the next production to be held in LCC’s outdoor amphitheater. It will be staged at 7 p.m. from Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22.