Treasure Island musical performed by Springfield Little Theatre
A Jolly Salt-encrusted Musical Adventure!
Ideal musical for kids from 7 to 14 of all abilities
12 irresistible songs
85 to 90 minutes in 2 Acts
When young Jim Hawkins stumbles across Billy Bones’ treasure map, he embarks on the thrilling adventure he has always dreamed of.
But can the motley crew of the Hispaniola really be trusted? And is the affable ship’s cook, Long John Silver, really as innocent as he likes to appear?
Surprises await them all on their arrival at Treasure Island!
Full Production Pack
Purchasing the Full Production Pack makes sense if you are planning to do more than one performance. It contains all of the following items but the Performance Licence covers up to three performances.
All of these items can of course be purchased separately if you so wish:
Script & Lyrics
The entire ‘Treasure Island!’ Script. You can copy this and all the items you purchase.
Vocal / Piano Score
The ‘Treasure Island!’ Vocal and Piano Score contains the written sheet music for all the songs.
This CD includes backings (no vocals) & sound effects
A definitive recording of songs from the show
All the great songs from ‘Treasure Island!’ with vocal tunes played on organ and guitar. Great for those who learn better by ear than by eye!
There are no vocals on this CD.
This is your written permission to perform the show.
If you wish to license more performances than the three included in the Full Production Package you can purchase them separately.
A guide to staging; costumes; lighting; music and more…
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‘Treasure Island!’ Full Production Pack
Contains all the products listed below, but the Licence covers up to 3 performances
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Our shows begins in The Admiral Benbow, a dingy pub, owned by young Jim Hawkins and his mother. The old sea dog, Billy Bones is telling a tale of the vicious pirate Captain Flint who buried his vast treasure on an island and then murdered his crew (Fifteen Men). The terrifying Blind Pew bursts in and demands to see Bones, to whom he hands the Black Spot, a sign which terrifies Bones so much he dies of fright. Jim and his friends, the reliable Doctor Livesey and the cheerful but foolhardy Squire find a treasure map in Billy Bones’ old sea chest and decide to take a journey to find the buried treasure. Little do they know they are already being watched!
The crew of the Hispaniola are preparing to leave the for the journey (We’re On Our Way), led by the trustworthy first mate, Mr Arrow. Jim meets the one-legged Long John Silver, the ships cook, who appears very friendly and promises to look after him on the journey. Later, Long John Silver, eavesdropping on a conversation between the Doctor and Jim, finds out that Jim has the key to the locker where the treasure map is kept.
On the deck of the Hispaniola Jim falls inside the apple barrel from where he overhears the nasty Black Dog and the wimpish Big Jesse discussing a planned mutiny. Long John Silver appears and tells them not to be so hasty. Jim resolves to tell the Squire and the Doctor of the horrifying news he has just heard (Facing Up to the Danger). On arrival at Skull Island our heroes decide the best course of action is to allow the crew to go ashore, while they plan their next move.
Long John Silver instructs Black Dog and Big Jesse to stay behind on the ship, kidnap Jim and steal the treasure map. The rest of the pirates make their way to the island, thrilled about the riches they are about to find there (We’re Gonna be Rich!). With Jim now missing, the Squire the Doctor and Mr Arrow realise he is in great danger, so they make their way to the island to look for him. Still on board, Jim tricks his captors, retrieves the map and escapes on his own to the island. During a furious argument, Big Jesse, finding strength in a story Jim has just told him, stands up to Black Dog, forcing Black Dog finally to admit that he all he wants to do is to go home (I Wanna Go Home!). Despite the fact that no one else is on board, the newly confident Big Jesse announces that the mutiny is complete as he raises the Skull and Crossbones (Up the Jolly Roger) above the Hispaniola!
The pirates are enjoying themselves singing and dancing round a fire on the beach (A Pirating Life) waiting for the map to arrive, when Jim comes ashore. Silver, seeing that Jim has map, and, impressed by Jim’s resourcefulness, tries to persuade him to join them, and that pirating is a noble and rewarding profession. Whilst the pirates are busy singing the praises of their lifestyle (A Pirating Life, reprise) Jim slips away. After the song, the pirates notice their captive has disappeared and they scatter to find him.
The fleeing Jim stumbles across the urbane and well-spoken maroonee Ben Gunn reclining on a deck chair. The first thing on Ben’s mind is not rescue but cheese (I’d Rather have a Lump of Cheese) during which number Jim is introduced to Ben’s faithful Bevy of grass-skirted ladies. Ben was marooned three years previously during a failed pirate mission searching for Flint’s treasure. Silver and the rest of the crew had abandoned him as punishment for instigating the wild goose chase. Jim tells Ben that Silver and his men are indeed back on the island and hunting him down. Ben offers his and his girls’ services to defeat the pirates.
The Squire, the Doctor and Mr Arrow are relaxing at an abandoned Beach Club (one of Ben’s failed ventures!) (Island Paradise). Jim, Ben and the girls join forces with them just in time for a visit by Silver who threatens them with annihilation unless they hand over the map. They rebuke him and there follows a large fight involving the only weapons currently on the island: fruit and coconuts! Silver and the pirates retreat to the ship to collect some real weapons. Jim and the girls are sent ahead of them to hide the ship in a small creek. An interesting discovery is made in the numerous chests littering Ben’s old Beach Club!
Back aboard the Hispaniola, Black Dog and Big Jesse are still arguing. Jim and the girls overpower the inept duo and hide the ship from the pirates. Black Dog is now more miserable than ever with his current situation! (I Wanna go Home, reprise). Leaving the girls in command, Jim returns to the island where he is shocked to find that the pirates have taken over the Beach Club and that now they have the map too! Silver asks Jim to read the map where they discover that Captain Flint has coded the directions in a dance! (The Treasure Dance). The pirates reluctantly follow the instructions which eventually lead them into the spooky jungle where they meet the phantoms of Flint’s doomed crew who warn them they are in great danger if they go on (Six Poor Souls). Silver dismisses the warning but the other pirates are terrified. They proceed, but to their horror they find that where the treasure should be is just an empty hole! The pirates turn on Silver and also on Jim. Silver pulls his gun on the mutinous buccaneers and allows Jim to escape. Silver is about to despatch the angry crew when the Squire, the Doctor, Arrow, Ben and the girls appear. They arrest Silver and his accomplices and take them back to the ship. Ben reveals that he found the treasure years ago and hid it out of harms way at his failed Beach Club!
That night on the ship, aided by Silver’s parrot, Polly, Silver and the pirates escape from the ship’s prison and are loading the treasure aboard the landing boats. Jim sees them and threatens to raise the alarm but decides to let them go. Overloaded with booty, the landing boats along with the greedy pirates sink to the bottom of the ocean pursued by the phantoms of Flint’s murdered crew (Six Poor Souls, reprise).
The next morning the Hispaniola is preparing to leave the island when it is discovered that both the pirates and the treasure have gone. Jim tells his friends that he knew Silver and the pirates where doomed so that is why he let them seal their own fate. He has now realised that the adventure itself and the friendships made are far more important than any treasure. With Ben and the girls helping as crew, they set sail for England and the company echo Jim’s convivial sentiment (Find the Treasure There).
Numbers here assume no doubling of parts
Named characters: 12
Solo singing roles: 12
Minimum Possible Cast: 20
Duration: 85-90 minutes
Billy Bones – A grumpy, rum-soaked, crusty old sea dog, resident at the Admiral Benbow. Doesn’t make it to the end of Scene One!
Jim Hawkins – Son of the Landlady of the Admiral Benbow. Yearns for adventure on the high seas.
Blind Pew (non-singing) – Withered old blind beggar. Scares the living daylights out of the patrons.
Squire Trelawny – Good natured, red-faced, cheery and rumbustious, if a little foolhardy.
Doctor Livesey – Intellectual and well organised. Carries the Squire home from the pub.
Black Dog – In charge of punishment on The Hispaniola.
This fiend turns out to be a real wimp underneath his sadistic exterior.
Big Jesse – A great big wuss! He’s terrified of his own reflection.
Pickles make him ‘dreadful windy’. A really rubbish pirate.
Long John Silver – The one-legged legend himself. Intelligent, wily, unflappable.
Mr Arrow – The dutiful and unassuming first mate on The Hispaniola.
Leads the crew in the community sing-alongs.
Polly (non singing) – Silver’s prattling pet parrot. Cheeky and ever so slightly camp!
Ben Gunn – The lucky maroonee on Treasure Island!
He has the elegance and air of Noel Coward blended with the pulling power of Hugh Hefner! He dreams and sings about cheese a lot.
Patrons of the Admiral Benbow – Drunken locals fed up with Billy Bones going on and on and on…
Pirates – A band of rollicking buccaneers. They are superstitious and a bit daft!
Ben’s Bevy of Beauties – A tribe of beautiful grass-skirted women who swoon over Ben Gunn! Hello!
Flint’s Phantom Crew – The ghosts of Flint’s murdered crew. Their pirates’ clothes are all ragged and torn and covered in dust and cobwebs.They mooch about the island warning people that the treasure is cursed, a bit like the baddies in Scooby Doo except these ones sing!
“I was looking for a great quality musical for Year 5 and 6 pupils to perform and I found it! A really great and witty script that stayed (mainly) faithful to the book, which was important to me. We did two performances and it was extremely well received. I consider it to be the best production our school has done in the seven years I have been doing them!
One of the beauties of this play was the flexibility in cast size. I had many interested applicants and ended up with a willing cast of 47 ten and eleven year old boys and girls! Costuming was simple too, after finding some teachers to make three or four special coats for the Squire, Arrow, and Silver the rest was easily collected by the children themselves. Songs were so catchy that they almost learnt themselves – such a relief to hear good quality songs for children rather than some of the dirge I have sampled in my efforts to find the next production!
Also worth a mention is the quality of the backing tracks and the incidental music and sound effects. I shall probably be looking to Kingsbury Creations for inspiration same time next year! Thank you.”
Hampton Primary School, Herne Bay
“We performed Treasure Island last year with a cast of 12-14 year old boys and girls and it was a smash! The songs are catchy and easily-learned; the sets are simple and there’s plenty for everyone to do (essential when you have a large chorus and you don’t want them hanging around backstage!). Great show! Audiences loved it and the kids had a ball!”
“I produced this musical last summer and it was a tremendous success. We had 90 11 year old children involved. They loved the music and enjoyed the whole pirate thing. Highly recommended!!”
St. Dallan’s Primary School, Warrenpoint, Co. Down
“Hi! We did the show in Flixton. It was a great hit! There were full seats every night!!!!”
Welacre Technology College
“Me and my class have been doing treasure island as our end of term production and i think it is great. The music is fantastic and the characters are excellent. I am playing the silly squire trelawny and i am having so much fun. My teacher is helping us do our production and he says that treasure island is the best ever. I won’t say to much more but i really really think treasure island is fab!”
“A fantastic musical for students of all ages. My students enjoyed every minute of it as did me and my team. Toe tapping songs which your audiences will be humming and singing for days after watching the show. Plenty of scope for small or large casts with a range of characters to suit all abilities. Simple to stage and costume, comprehensive and clear stage directions.
Appeals to audiences of all ages, aimed at the younger age range but contains humour which will capture adults. Clear story line, easy to follow and understand.
I would definitely recommend it to any one planning on doing a musical with young children, it has pace, humour, catchy songs and is written in such a way that your audience is mesmerised.”
Drama Teacher, Suffolk
“Treasure Island is a musical with memorable, toe-tapping tunes and individual, well defined characters. From a choreographer’s point of view, the rhythms and melodies were easy to work with, and covered a variety of different styles. It is a high energy version of the traditional story, which, I believe, could be used by both schools and adult groups. Obviously different things would be drawn out of the production depending on the age of the participants, but the characters lend themselves to a broad spectrum of ages.”
“Reflecting on this production, both cast and audience had a great time due to the energy and enthusiasm of all involved. In many respects it was an easy show to stage as the script was accessible (straight forward for children to learn) and gave a clear, non-confusing, linear story line – very important for children. I would thoroughly recommend this production for any school or community group. It has a terrific mixture of comedy and drama and would be well received by any audience!”
Drama and Dance Teacher, Essex
“Brilliant! it is a spectacular play. I love it. We are doing it 4 our leavers play at school. I am Long John Silver!! Ay,Ay!”
“It isn’t always easy to find a suitable musical production for older primary and secondary age children. However, with this wonderful, lively romp through Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, talented young composer, Stephen Kingsbury has used all his experience as a secondary school teacher to come up with a really successful musical to be performed by young people.
The production opens with a really lively chorus number and this sets the precedent for the whole play. It is full of bright, sparky songs for chorus as well as more atmospheric, challenging pieces for more experienced singers.
The cast list also is very cleverly devised to give opportunities for the whole range of ages and abilities: the chorus could easily be as large or as small as your school’s needs; a couple of smaller chorus groupings such as the ghost pirates and Ben Gunn’s bevy of beauties are nicely worked to enable your better chorus members greater scope to shine; there are several really meaty cameo roles for character actors to get their teeth into; and, of course, a couple of decent sized lead roles. Very pleasing also for an in-school director is that most, if not all roles could be played equally well by boys or girls. In the production I saw, the role of Jim Hawkins was played extremely well by a girl, and certainly girls make excellent pirates!
The libretto is amusing and carefully scripted to give nice speaking parts to as many as want them.
Costuming a school production can be a costly and time consuming business but for this musical it all seems beautifully straightforward; large numbers of pirates in striped tops and headscarves, jaunty cut-off jeans and few peg-legs thrown in for good measure. The scenery and set are a delight from this point of view, too. The reviewer saw a couple of brightly painted backdrops and minimal setting and props. but with sufficient resources you could just as well go all out for replica ships and real sand!
I can’t complete this review without making note of a couple of my favourite songs. Kingsbury has managed to marry together an eclectic group of musical styles rather reminiscent of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The pirate’s fantastically greedy “We’re Gonna be Rich!” is an unashamedly toe-tapping number – the kind you could be humming for days. Black Dog’s “I Wanna Go Home” had the audience giggling audibly and the quite wonderful “Cheese Song” sung by Ben Gunn and his gorgeous female entourage is pure Noel Coward and was, for me, the highlight of the show. The spookily haunting song of the ghost pirates changed the tone very effectively and the production ends, as of course it should, with a fabulous feel-good, roof- raising chorus number.
As the applause rang out in the packed hall the reviewer witnessed smiles all round, both from cast and audience, the age range of the latter being between 18 months and eighty!
All in all, this is a thoroughly satisfying musical, which captures the imagination from start to finish with a wonderful mix of song styles and witty dialogue. As a drama teacher, the real beauty of this new work lies in its flexibility and accessibility; it is capable of encompassing the whole spectrum of talent in a school and is generous in its role allocation. Treasure Island! is an ideal choice for a school production affording wonderful opportunities for cast and a very enjoyable evening for any audience. Yoho! Ahoy me maties!”
Drama Teacher, West Lothian
“The world premiere of Mr Kingsbury’s musical ‘Treasure Island!’ was performed on Wednesday 9th July, 2003 at Tendring Technology College. The production has been written over the past year and includes a superb variety of music, dance and dialogue, including such numbers as ‘ Up the Jolly Roger’, ‘Fifteen Men’, ‘I Wanna Go Home’ and ‘We’re on our Way’.
The production has been carefully put together to be a wonderful mix with light-hearted entertainment and a clear message summed up in the closing number ‘At the end of the rainbow, there’s treasure to be found…the treasure is a friend who’s near’.
One of the strengths of the show is the amount of chorus numbers that allow many of the cast to be on the stage at once. All of these pieces were wonderfully choreographed, especially the Treasure Dance which involved some very strange instructions for a pirate crew to follow! Also included in the music is the wonderfully ‘cheesy’ ‘I’d Rather Have a Lump of Cheese’, the lilting melody of ‘ Island Paradise’, and the ghostly ‘Six Poor Souls’.
The script contains a delightfully balanced mix of fast action, sidesplitting humour and carefully written dialogue that remains true to the essence of the original Robert Louis Stephenson novel. The plot includes all the familiar characters and a few new ones that help to keep the story fresh and exciting.
Music Teacher, Lancashire
Treasure Island is a musical with memorable, toe-tapping tunes and individual, well defined characters. From a choreographer's point of view, the rhythms and melodies were easy to work with, and covered a variety of different styles. It is a high energy version of the traditional story, which, I believe, could be used by both schools and adult groups.Drama and Dance Teacher, Essex
It isn't always easy to find a suitable musical production for older primary and secondary age children. Wonderful, lively romp through Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale..Drama Teacher, West Lothian
Brilliant! it is a spectacular play. I love it. We are doing it 4 our leavers play at school. I am Long John Silver!! Ay, Ay!Pupil
I would definitely recommend it to any one planning on doing a musical with young children, it has pace, humour, catchy songs and is written in such a way that your audience is mesmerised.Drama Teacher, Suffolk
I produced this musical last summer and it was a tremendous success. We had 90, 11 year old children involved. They loved the music and enjoyed the whole pirate thing. Highly recommended!St. Dallan's Primary School
The production has been carefully put together to be a wonderful mix with light-hearted entertainment and a clear message summed up in the closing number 'At the end of the rainbow, there's treasure to be found...the treasure is a friend who's near'.Music Teacher, Lancashire