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Adventurous ‘Treasure Island’ is no kiddie tale

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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The latest version of “Treasure Island” is an adult tale of mutiny, backstabbing and coming of age. Put on the stage by the Integral Theatre Company in Folsom, the play is an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. The adaptation is penned by Deanne M. Eldridge and she strived to hold true to the book’s high seas adventure without relying on pirate stereotypes. You’ll find no talking parrots, wooden legs or Jack Sparrow-style outfits in this production. Eight talented actors make up the cast. The main character, Jim Hawkins, is ably portrayed by Dakota Noxon. This is his first time with Integral Theatre Company but he’s frequented the boards of as an actor and singer with Capital Christian Center productions. Don Noxon plays Dr. Livesay. He’s also no stranger to the stage and used to perform at Garbeau’s Dinner Theater (which is now Tommy T’s Comedy Club). Nathan Wadowski nails his role as the half-crazy Benn Gunn, marooned on the island by his former shipmates. This is the actor’s second time with Integral Theatre Company. Latisha Collins makes her acting debut in the role of Jim Hawkins’ mother. Audiences will not be able to tell this is her first time. Hannah Munsey as Maggie the Red and Keith Johnson as Israel Hands keep the story moving as the pirates threatening young Jim’s life throughout the play. There were two notable standouts. Jared Doegey embodied the morally ambiguous character of Long John Silver. His approach was one of realism so don’t expect a lot of pirate lingo when you see the play. My 11-year-old daughter Parker said, “He was just awesome. The whole play was really well rehearsed.” Samantha Shaw, a statuesque young woman with a commanding stage presence, owned her role as ship Capt. Alexandria Smollet. This is her third production working with Eldridge. Shaw was also the top pick for my 13-year-old son Cian. “I thought she was really good,” he said. The sets help bring the story to life. Essentially four sets make up the play — the inn, the island, the ship’s deck and the captain’s quarters. * * * KNOW AND GO What:?‘Treasure Island' presented by Integral Theatre Company When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 7 Where: 800 Reading St., Folsom (on the stage inside Victory Life Church) Cost: $14 general, $12 seniors, students and military, $7 children 12 and under Info: Actorsworkshop.net Rating: Five out of five stars