HAWKINS, a boy. (m/f, 117 lines total)
JIM #1: (m/f, 25 lines)
JIM #2: (m/f, 37 lines)
JIM #3: (m/f, 16 lines)
JIM #4: (m/f, 16 lines)
JIM #5: (m/f, 22 lines)
(m/f, 13 lines together)
BLACK DOG: (m/f, 13 lines)
SEA LEGS SAM (or SARAH): (m/f, 13 lines)
ONE EYED TOM (or TESS): (m/f, 10 lines)
SCURVY PETE (or PAT): (m/f, 16 lines)
HURRICANE HAL (or HATTIE): (m/f, 12 lines)
(m/f, 24 lines)
BILLY BONES, a pirate. (m/f, 20 lines)
BLIND PEW, a pirate. (m/f, 8 lines)
DOCTOR LIVESEY, Hispaniola Doctor. (m/f, 26 lines)
SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, a nobleman. (m/f, 26 lines)
CAPTAIN SMOLLETT, Hispaniola Captain. (m/f, 20 lines)
CREW: (m/f, 3 lines together) / PIRATES: (m/f, 10 lines together)
(These characters are Hispaniola CREW until they mutiny and become PIRATES under LONG JOHN SILVER, all except for HONEST ABE.)
MOBY DICK (Crew/Pirate): (m/f, 10 lines)
CROOKED ARROW (Crew/Pirate): (m/f, 13 lines)
TATTOO CHARLIE (or CARLA) (Crew/Pirate): (m/f, 10 lines)
DANCIN' DAN (or DANIELLE) (Crew/Pirate): (m/f, 8 lines)
HONEST ABE (or ABBY) (Crew only): (m/f, 11 lines)
JOHN SILVER: a pirate. (m/f, 52 lines)
LONG JOHN SILVER #1: (m/f, 21 lines)
LONG JOHN SILVER #2: (m/f, 19 lines)
LONG JOHN SILVER #3: (m/f, 12 lines)
BEN GUNN, a marooned pirate. (m/f, 22 lines)
OF SKELETON ISLAND: (m/f, 8 lines together)
BIMINI: (m/f, 3 lines)
CALLALOO: (m/f, 3 lines)
JUNKANOO: (m/f, 3 lines)
PICADILLO: (m/f, 2 lines)
MANGO: (m/f, 3 lines)
Pirate Fun for Primary & Middle Schools!
Young Footliters Youth Theatre, Coralville, IA - Newington Children's Theatre, CT - Totem Pole Playhouse, PA
The School Play Package gives you the freedom to adapt the script to your needs. Add songs, lines, characters if you like. You also have the right to make a video/DVD of your special show!
Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.
Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Peter Pan) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".
Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
Feel free to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment. Go ahead and tape away!
Writers often describe a magical phenomenon when a piece seems to write itself. It doesn't happen often and it doesn't mean there's not a lot of drudge work still to do once the idea has been born. But I will say that Treasure Island came forth on its own with very little tug and pull from me. Writing this play was simply fun.
It's hard to remember to have fun when there are pressures from all sides to produce a great show. I confess, when I ran a professional theatre company I certainly worried about meeting payroll more than enjoying the process of creation. I had a thing I called the "Wednesday Blues", which usually hit midway through rehearsals of a new play, when I tossed and turned all night imagining an enormous flop. I can only say that I stuck it out long enough to learn that things will almost always turn out better than you thought they would. Theatre is teamwork and if you put your faith in the natural exuberance of your performers you will be rewarded with a wonderful show.
So don't let any naysayers get you down. Persevere, remember to laugh, have faith and simply enjoy the process. It's all just make-believe. You can't do it wrong. Your kids can't wait to discover all the talents and gifts that lie within themselves. Your job is simply to coax them out and then sit back and enjoy!
Thank you for choosing Treasure Island. Have a wonderful show!
"Persevere, remember to laugh, have faith and simply enjoy the process."
Young Footliters Youth Theatre, Coralville, IA
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from the movie or stageplay, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
1. INTRO MUSIC 1 (0:21) [sample]
2. INTRO MUSIC 2 (0:51)
3. BILLY BONES ENTRANCE (0:15)
4. HORSES, PIRATES SONG 1 (1:54) [sample]
5. FANFARE, SAILORS SONG 1 (1:31) [sample]
6. PIRATES SONG 2 (0:31)
7. SAILING MUSIC, BOAT IN WATER (1:10) [sample]
8. TRIBAL DRUMS 1 (1:36) [sample]
9. TRIBAL DRUMS 2 (0:53)
10. OMINOUS MUSIC, JUNGLE SOUNDS (1:58) [sample]
11. HAPPY MUSIC, SAILORS SONG 2 (1:53) [sample]
12. TRIBAL DRUMS 3 (0:56)
13. SAILORS SONG 3 (0:53)
14. SAILORS SONG 4 (0:37)
15. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC (3:18) [sample]
16. SAILORS SONG FINALE (0:40) [sample]
Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.
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and Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Play for Kids!
Young Footliters Youth Theatre, Coralville, IA
Jim Hawkins is having such a bad day he almost forgets it's Halloween! Everything goes wrong at school and for dinner his mother insists he eats something healthy. He refuses. Little does he know, his great adventure is about to begin...
(Script pages 15-18)
JIM: (To audience.) A mans got to do what a mans got to do. Its a matter of honor.
(JIM crosses his arms and puts his nose in the air.)
MOM: Then go to your room.
JIM: No way!
MOM: Way. And stay there until you change your attitude.
(JIM stomps away.
OPTIONAL TRANSITION: JIM #1 exits. JIM #2 will enter at next entrance.
MOM cleans up dishes. Two STORYTELLERS become door with shoulders together. They swing open as JIM pushes, then slam shut as JIM slams it. Other STORYTELLERS make the door noises.)
JIM: Its not fair! Am I the only one around here thats got any imagination? Everybodys busy going to work and going to school and doing homework and... eating TOFU!
MOM: I heard that.
(MOM takes dinner props and exits.)
JIM: And all the time we could be out on the high seas!
(SEA LEGS SAM pops a toy pirate hat on his head.)
Sailing across the briny deep! Diggin for the gold doubloons!
(HURRICANE HAL puts a toy sword in his hand.)
I say, matey, what have we here? Why, its nothing but my rapier wit! Ha! Ha! Take that and that and that.
(He slashes at the air, pretending swordplay. There is a knock at the door. STORYTELLERS become door again and make the knock sound. JIM speaks to his sword.)
Its the saucy wench come to make amends.
(The knock becomes an urgent pounding.)
Mom? Im coming.
(JIM goes to door, turns knob. STORYTELLERS open, there stands a nightmare of a pirate, BILLY BONES.
SOUND CUE #3: Billy Bones entrance music. SOUND CUE ENDS.)
Who are you?
(BILLY BONES enters dramatically and blusters right past JIM, pushing him out of the way.)
BILLY BONES: So this is what you call the Benbow Inn, eh?
JIM: Well, no, actually I dont. (Looking out.) Mom?
BILLY BONES: Fetch my sea chest, boy, and be quick about it.
(JIM is dumbfounded, looks around. STORYTELLERS put sea chest at door.)
JIM: Uh, this... uh... sea chest?
(STORYTELLERS indicate that this is the sea chest in question. JIM drags it in.)
BILLY BONES: Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum!
JIM: Mom doesnt keep any rum in the house. I have some water in my backpack,,,
BILLY BONES: Water! Ive had enough of water, me lad! Waves and waves of the stuff -- the likes youve never seen! Ah, the deep and salty drink.
JIM: Theres some orange pop in the...
BILLY BONES: (Grabs JIM by the collar, speaks right in his face.) Hes out there, boy. Make no mistake about it.
JIM: Wh... who?
BILLY BONES: And hes the scurviest blackest pillagin knave ye ever want to meet.
JIM: Um, what... what does he look like?
BILLY BONES: Hes the one-legged man, boy. Beware. Beware.
BILLY BONES: (Pointing to chest.) Now hide that, laddie. Hide it quick!
(JIM runs to hide the chest.)
Keep a weather eye upon it. Lest ye pay with yer life.
(Another knock at the door. JIM jumps out of his skin.)
JIM: Ah! Is it him? Is it him? The one-legged man? The one-legged man?
(BILLY BONES takes cover behind a leg of the ladder and puts a hand to his knife at his belt.)
BILLY BONES: Dont just stand a gawkin, ya lubber. Open her up. Open her up wide, boy. Dont be afeared.
(JIM opens door, STORYTELLERS making creaking sounds. There stands BLIND PEW.)
JIM: Ah! (Drops to his knees, sees that the man has two legs.) Two legs!
(JIM prays thanks to heaven under his breath.)
BLIND PEW: (Shouting dramatically.) Billy Bones?
BILLY BONES: You know who I am.
BLIND PEW: Ive come for ye, Captain.
BILLY BONES: How did ye find me in this godforsaken place?
BLIND PEW: Old Pews got his ways.
BILLY BONES: I know all about yer ways.
BLIND PEW: Ive got somethin for ye, Billy.
(BLIND PEW steps forward, blindly thrusting out his fist.)
BILLY BONES: Na! Na! Keep it away from me, Pew!
BLIND PEW: Nothing can save ye now, Billy Bones.
(BILLY BONES plants a heavy hand on JIMs shoulder.)
BILLY BONES: Remember what I told you, boy.
JIM: About the one-legged meh... meh...
BILLY BONES: And the sea chest, boy! The sea chest!
JIM: Oh. That stuff about my... me life.
BLIND PEW: Put out yer hand now, Billy, and face it like a man.
BILLY BONES: (Overcome with emotion.) Me time has come at last!
BLIND PEW: Its only what ye deserve, Captain, pure and plain.
(BILLY BONES puts out his hand. JIM directs his hand to BLIND PEW so he knows where it is. BLIND PEW places a piece of paper in it. BILLY BONES receives it like a burn on his palm, looks at it with horror! BLIND PEW nods to JIM and turns, exits.)
BILLY BONES: (Showing it to JIM.) The black spot!
BILLY BONES: Ill never forget ye, lad. What a kindness ye did me. Just put old Billy out the door. The birdsll do the rest.
(BILLY BONES clutches the black spot to his heart, seizes and drops dead.)
(JIM drops down to the ground in tears. BILLY BONES rises and claps a hand on him.)
BILLY BONES: The one-legged man, laddie. Beware. Beware.
(BILLY BONES shakes his legs and dies. He shakes his arms and dies. He shakes all his parts and at last dies and lays still.)
(JIM cries over the body. STORYTELLERS in ladders get impatient. At last one whistles. JIM looks up and they all point to the chest.)
STORYTELLERS: The chest.
JIM: Oh! The chest. (He stands and looks at it.) What do you think is in there?
HURRICANE HAL: Open it up and see.
JIM: Me? Why dont you do it?
BLACK DOG: Its your adventure, Jim.
(JIM takes his toy sword and stands far away trying to lift the lid with it, without getting near. It doesnt budge.)
JIM: (Relieved.) Its locked.
(ONE-EYED TOM hands him a hammer. JIM swallows and gathers courage.)
STORYTELLERS: One, two, three...
(JIM breaks the lock, throws the lid open. He jumps back and covers his eyes. Then he slowly peers in.)
(JIM takes out an old moldy roll of paper.)
JIM: Nothing but this old thing.
(Suddenly JIM and STORYTELLERS look at each other. They realize...)
SEA LEGS SAM: (Whispering.) Open it.
(JIM unrolls it. He looks up, wide-eyed.)
JIM: A treasure map.
Brookhaven Little Theatre, MI - Bradley Playhouse, CT
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