TMHS Theater Company Takes On Daunting Challenge With 'Treasure Island: A Silent Adventure'
Jan 29, 2015 02:59PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury High Theater Company will present a silent version of Treasure Island on Feb. 6
That's exactly the challenge the TMHS Theatre Company has taken on with "Treasure Island: A Silent Adventure."
The Theatre Company will be performing the World Premier of their original adaptation one night only, Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Dr. Christine L. McGrathPerforming Arts Center.
Like silent films, the production has a musical accompaniment that blends with the action on stage.
“Everything we do on stage lines up with the music exactly,” said student assistant director John Hughes. “It gives the same effect you would have for a (silent) movie, but the magic comes from knowing this is a live performance.”
The more difficult sequences to match up with the soundtrack were the fight scenes. Fight
“Combat on stage is all about safety, which is why it requires hours of training,” says Tsikosi. “We work hard to make it believable and safe. For our sword fights we have channeled the Errol Flynn genre, and there are times when we have ten swords being actively used on stage.”
But unlike a movie, which can use close-ups and various camera angles to help convey emotions and storyline, the actors in "Treasure Island: A Silent Adventure" must rely entirely on their own actions.
"We really tried to focus on physicality of the actor in the show, meaning how they have to show how they feel versus a character saying lines to clue in those watching," said Hughes.
"For the most part we tried to keep it as true to the novel as we could. Yet being restricted by music beats and sounds it's challenging," said Hughes.