Treasure Island


Land ahoy! Last week the Junior School performed Treasure Island in the theater. There was a matinee performance for fellow 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday; Thursday was official opening night, there was a performance on Friday, and one more Saturday, which was filmed. The 7th and 8th graders and Dr. Erwin have been working on this production since the beginning of March and built their way up to this week.

Dr. Erwin and all the high school students who helped us set it up called this week ‘Hell Week.’ For us, the actors, we needed to stay until 8 p.m. after school on Monday and Tuesday, and until 9 p.m. when there was an evening performance. I think you could understand why we call this week ‘Hell-Week.’

My favorite thing about this show is how it isn’t all on the stage. There are multiple important scenes where the actors walk around the audience, as zombies are in the audience. Also, the beginning scene starts on the staircase leading to the stage, where the actor mumbles to the audience. Some of my favorite parts from the play was when Walker, during the treasure hunt, rested Captain on Mrs. Novak’s shoulder. 

This is the first production of the 7th graders and we used real swords and daggers, so that was very nerve-wracking. Many times in rehearsal, I’m practicing my fight, and I accidentally miss my partner’s sword and think I hit him. Also, the day before the matinee for the junior school, everything just went together like magic. 

Lastly, by the time this comes out, we will have been finished with the play, so thank you to all the people who came out. It means a lot to everyone in the play.