Swashbuckling adventure “Treasure Island” opens next week
The action adventure classic “Treasure Island” will open at the Norvell Theater next week with 15-year-old Austin Young playing the infamous Long John Silver.
“I read the book when I was very little and it was the first time I realized the bad guy was the coolest character in the entire story,” he said. “Robert Louis Stevenson did a great job showing the duality of a human being in that they can be a very good person in some regards and absolutely immoral and corrupt in others, which really interests me.”
Director Reid Leonard said everybody can enjoy Piedmont Players Theatre’s youth production.
“It’s very funny in places, but it’s also really, really exciting,” he said. “It’s one of those great classic stories.”
Young said the show has an occasional quip or theme that older audiences might appreciate.
“It can be enjoyed by everyone because at heart it’s just a good swashbuckling story,” he said. “It’s old as time, nothing new under the sun, but it’s still fantastic.”
At heart, Young said “Treasure Island” is a coming of age story.
“Essentially, it’s Jim Hawkins turning from a boy who doesn’t know much into a man that has experienced things,” he said. “Long John Silver acts as a father figure to him.”
“Treasure Island” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 and runs through May 12.