“Treasure Island” children’s show brings a tradition back to Drury Theater

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 12, 2017 —The Drury University Theatre Departmentwill perform the children’s classic “Treasure Island” in a series of performances April 18 – April 21.

The play, written by Aurand Harris and based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, promises to entertain young audiences with its timeless tale of adventure. Older audiences will recognize iconic characters like Jim Hawkins, Blind Pew, and the infamous Long John Silver as they swashbuckle about the stage of Drury’s Wilhoit Theater.

“Treasure Island” is the latest production in Drury’s tradition of performances for children. The children’s show, once an annual tradition, had been on hiatus for several years before returning with last year’s production of “With Two Wings.” Beginning with “Treasure Island”, the children’s show will return as a regular production for Drury, occurring every-other year, says Professor of Theatre Dr. Mick Sokol.   

“For a lot of these kids who are going to come see the show it is their first interaction with theater,” says Mitchell Johnson, a junior theatre major and director of the production. “I think that is kind of a big deal, showing these kids some quality theater and what theater is all about.”

The play will run Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, with performances at 7:30 p.m. every evening. There will also be matinee performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 20, with children from local elementary schools invited to attend free of charge. Audiences will have the opportunity to briefly meet the cast in costume following the matinee performances. More information about tickets can be found at Drury’s box office website

###