Hampstead Stage Company to Present Treasure Island
Massanutten Regional Library will sponsor a family theatrical production in four area locations this weekend.
“It’s a wonderful way for your entire family to kick-off the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas,” says Clare Eakin, Youth Supervisor for Massanutten Regional Library. “It’s a production the entire family can attend, and it’s free.”
Massanutten Regional Library is sponsoring Hampstead Stage Company from Center Barnstead, New Hampshire, and its production of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Children love the tale of pirates, adventure, and buried treasure, and the theatrical actors aim to please.
The twenty-eight-year-old company will stage two performances on Saturday, November 10. The first will be at 10 am at Page Public Library, and the second performance will be at Main Branch at 2 pm.
The play continues for North River Library on Sunday, November 11, at 3 pm with a special performance location at John Wayland Elementary. The theatrical group will conclude its performances at Grottoes Branch on Monday, November 12 at 4 pm.
“The energy in the room during a live theater performance is unlike any other venue—there is a current between audience and actors—a third kind of presence that sparkles. How exciting that MRL can offer this delightful experience of a classic tale to our patrons, of all ages! Last year, grandparents & toddlers left the Hampstead Stage production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with equal enthusiasm,” says Cheryl Keeler, Branch Manager of Grottoes Branch Library.
“Our patrons are looking forward to dastardly excitement with pirates and buried treasure. A home school family in anticipation of the live show has reserved various library book and film versions of Treasure Island,” continues Keeler.
Hampstead Stage Company began its educational mission of educating youth by bringing classic literature to life through theater 28 years ago when founders Daniel Matmor, Michael Phillips, and Katherine and Gordon Preston came to America from Hampstead, England to pursue their dreams. Now one of the largest education touring companies in the nation, Hampstead Stage Company performs over 2000 shows a year to over 20 million audience members. Their scripts are original adaptions based on literary classics and often involve children and adults from the audience. The play lasts approximately one hour with a question and answer session following the performance.