Here’s a cool flyer from the archives: the cast and crew of the Children’s Theatre of Maine’s Treasure Island! In 1985, the Children’s Theatre produced Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swashbuckling adventure story for the public. The show was adapted by Rae N. Simmonds, who also served as musical director on the production; it was directed by Jeff Toorish.
30 years later, we’re gearing up for this April’s Robin Hood, another timeless tale of action and adventure. As an additional throwback, we revisited Robert Louis Stevenson just last year, in A Child’s Garden of Verses, an interactive performance that traveled throughout the museum and to local farmers’ markets. A Child’s Garden of Verses was performed by four local adult actors, who helped bring Stevenson’s 120-year-old poetry to life for modern families.
In addition to the cast and crew list, the Treasure Island flyer makes a statement that still rings true today. Here’s a transcription, in case the flyer text below is a bit tricky to read:
“There is a common myth that theatre for children is inferior or easier to accomplish than other theatrical forms. That notion could not be further from the truth. Children’s Theatre encompasses all aspects inherent in all theatrical endeavor[s]; and indeed has facets not found in any other. We must not only keep our shows entertaining and moving. We must also educate. Our audiences–the children–do not yet have the learned skills to know when or how to react. It is part of our job to teach them.”
Today, as the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, our casts and crews of actors ages 8 to 17, and local theatre professionals directing actors and designing various elements of the shows, continue to entertain as well as educate, providing what might be a child’s first ever experience at the theatre. Children may see a show and learn something new, or perhaps wish to jump up onstage themselves, whether in a stage story during museum opening hours, on their own in the Dress Up Theatre, or in a theatre production in our mainstage season.
We hope to see you at Robin Hood this spring – performances begin April 17th!