Treasure Island, here we come

We’re just hours away from beginning the rehearsal process for Treasure Island and I wanted to take a moment to share my excitement about the all-star team we have in place for this project.

John Hildreth (adaptor of Johnny Tremain, Cat’s Cradle, The Shadow, Around the World in 80 Days, etc) has created our thrilling script; Alan Donahue (designer of Mariette in Ecstasy, The Mark of Zorro, and many, many more) is on scenic/projections/props; Kevin Gawley (designer of Island of Dr. Moreau, Dorian Gray, etc.) is on lights; Branimira Ivanova (designer of Mariette in Ecstasy, Dorian Gray, etc.) is on costumes; and Andy Hansen (Dorian Gray) is on sound. Fights will be by Geoff Coates (The Mark of Zorro, Talisman Ring) and I’ll be wrangling it all together with the aid of the intrepid Erica Foster, who’s back as stage manager (The Mark of Zorro, The Killer Angels, Around the World in 80 Days, etc).

The killer cast features such long-time familiar faces as ensemble member Patrick Blashill (as Dr. Livesey), John Ferrick (as Squire Trelawney), and Robert McLean (as Captain Smollett); some recently-familiar faces like Sean Sinitski (as Long John Silver), Christopher Walsh (as Billy Bones), Chris Hainsworth (as Isreal Hands), and Ezekiel Sulkes (as Ben Gunn); plus some folks brand new to Lifeline: Warren Weber (as Jim Hawkins), Matt Engle (as Black Dog), and C. Sean Piereman (as Job Anderson).

It’s an amazing team and I’m so fortunate to have all of them on board!

Fight and dialect rehearsals start tomorrow. Staging begins next week. I’ll do my best to check back in with some updates from time to time. ‘Til then…

See you on the island~
Robert Kauzlaric