IMG_6965Brittney Raby – Staff Writer

The Overlook Theatre Company has been hard at work preparing for a voyage on the high seas in search of treasure and riches. Since the beginning of the year, members of the community theatre company have been making plans for “Treasure Island,” a live stage production based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale.

“This show went up really fast,” said OTC director Scotty Corbin. “We started the planning stages at the first of the year and have been rehearsing for about three weeks now.”

In order to bring the exciting, action packed show to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performance Arts stage, more than 40 people have been crafting the stage and sewing costumes in preparation for opening night.

“Treasure Island” is a story about how Young Jim stumbles upon a map that could IMG_6967lead to an island full of buried treasure. After securing passage on a ship, Jim finds himself surrounded by a nasty bunch of pirates vying for the treasure themselves, led by the notorious Long John Silver.

To bring the production to life, more than 30 members of the cast and crew have been rehearsing for weeks. The show, which is just over an hour long, has multiple sets that have taken diligence to create.

“There are several locations in this show: a tavern, the shipyard, an inn, the pirate ship and an island,” said Corbin. “We’ve spent about three weeks in production.”

While ensuring the transition from the shipyard to the high seas has taken a lot of work and logistics planning, Corbin said making sure it all fits together is the best part of the process. “As always, the most difficult part of any show is making all the different pieces fit together,” he said. “This is also the most fun and exciting part.”

IMG_6968A little different than some of the musicals produced by Overlook, Corbin said “Treasure Island” is a quick-paced comedy. “This is a classic adventure story and we have a great time making that adventure come to life on stage,” he said. “There is also a lot of comedy with all those crazy pirates running around.”

Two shows are scheduled for “Treasure Island,” on March 18 and 19, both at 7:30 p.m.

“Anyone coming to ‘Treasure Island’ can expect to be taken on a fun ride full of twists, laughs and a crew of swashbuckling pirates ready to loot and take everyone on a great adventure,” said Corbin.

As soon as the Overlook Theatre Company wraps up “Treasure Island,” the players will start planning and producing their next show, which will be a sparkling new Broadway musical stage show, “The Little Mermaid.” “The Little Mermaid” is scheduled for two weekends, July 15 and 16, and July 22 and 23, all at 7:30 p.m. Then, the cast and crew will turn around again and begin preparations for “Fiddler on the Roof,” scheduled for Nov.r 4 and 5 and Nov. 11 and 12.