It is impossible to see a feel-good musical and not talk about it. And especially, if you have watched it (like I did) flanked by four and five-year olds who giggled and clapped throughout, you can’t help but be enthused by the same child-like excitement.
Treasure Island is a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular novel of the same name, and follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins, a 13-year-old girl who receives a treasure map from an old seaman. Jim eventually joins the crew that sets out to find the treasure and that’s how the adventure begins. Staged by SRT’s The Little Company, Treasure Island can be described as a “swashbuckling, action-packed musical.” Though its underlying themes of friendship and trust are not new, they still retain their relevance in the otherwise materialistic world.
The musical is replete with pirate talk, likeable characters, impressive stage settings that change with economic movements and loads of relatable heartwarming moments. The kids in the audience seemed to enjoy O’Brien’s character the most. Played by Mitchell Lagos, the character struggles to speak coherently and our little guests roared with laughter when O’Brien struggles with the word, “phenomenon,” and calls it a “pineapple” instead. Personally, I enjoyed watching and listening to Kimberly Chan who plays characters of Ben Gunn, Jim’s Mother and pirate-Hands. Chan is versatile and not only does she have a strong stage presence but she also has an impressive voice.
The musical boasts of didactic moments with dialogues like, “We don’t need treasure. We have each other and that’s treasure enough for me.” Additionally, it begins and ends with adventure where you follow the lead of Jim Hawkins (played by Ann Lek). This combination of adventure and heart-felt moments in a musical setting, makes Treasure Island an entertaining treat indeed.
(Now on till 13 Dec 2015 at the DBS Arts Centre. Tickets available from SISTIC)