New TREASURE ISLAND Musical Opens Tonight in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival presents the regional premiere of TREASURE ISLAND, A New Musical for a New Generation. The show opens tonight, August 24, and runs through September 10 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as part of the Festival's 2016 season.

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, this new musical revolves around a boy, a dream, and an adventure that will change him forever. Making its world premiere in 2013 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, this new production blends high stakes adventure, wild plot twists, hysterical antics, bold design concepts, and a compelling, evocative score to create a theatrical event that examines the essence of heroism and the triumph of the human spirit. Book by Carla Vitale and Brett Smock. Music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina.

Jimmy Bain (Broadway: The Book of Mormon) stars as Jim Hawkins, a daring young boy seeking adventure. Playing the ship's cunning and charismatic cook, Long John Silver, is Bart Shatto (Broadway: LES MISERABLES, Dracula, The Civil War). John Paul Almon (National Tours: Phantom of the Opera, Parade; Lincoln Center: Candide; Kennedy Center: My Fair Lady) will be taking on the role of Squire Trelawney, a local nobleman. Danny Bolero (Broadway: In the Heights, Joseph...; off-Broadway: Bedbugs!!!) will be playing the fiery and opinionated George Merry. Playing the roles of Abraham Gray and Adult Jim is Leland Burnett (off-Broadway: Wonderful Town; London: Blues for Mister Charles). The loyal Dr. David Livesey will be portrayed by Clark Scott Carmichael (Broadway: Jumpers). Bringing to life Jim's loving mother, Mary Hawkins, is Victoria Huston-Elem (off-Broadway: Himself and Nora; National Tour: The Addams Family). Patrick Oliver Jones (National Tours: Evita, The Addams Family) will play the strict and capable Captain Alexander Smollett and Billy Bones. Canadian actor W. Joseph Matheson (Regional: The Pirates of Penzance, Luck Be a Lady) will play the black-hearted Israel Hands. Noah Plomgren (National Tour: Hair) will play the roles of Dick and Pew. Finally, Patrick Richwood (TV/Film: "The Princess Diaries," "Pretty Women," "Runaway Bride") will be reprising the roles of Benn Gunn and O'Brien which he originated at the world premiere production in 2013.

The show is directed and choreographed by FLMTF producing artistic director, Brett Smock, with musical direction by Jeff Theiss and fight choreography by DC Wright. The scenic design is by Czerton Lim, costume design by Tristan Raines, projection design by Christopher Ash, lighting design by Dan Ozminkowski and sound design by Ryan Kilcourse.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 315-255-1785 or toll free at 1-800-457-8897, and online at FingerLakesMTF.com.

Check out the teaser trailer below!

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