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Pirates take center stage for fall play

Will Ortbals
Black Dog the pirate (Tommie Willie ’26) attacts Captain Billy Bones (Sam Duffy ’24) in an effort to steal the treasure map. Treasure Island runs from Oct. 27-29.

The De Smet Dionysian Players (DDP) will perform the play Treasure Island Oct. 27-29 in the Thomas F. Hunter, Jr Memorial Theatre.

“Last year’s Murder Mystery was really off the wall crazy and fun,” Theatre Director Nick Moramarco said. “I wanted something with a little more flavor. I was looking for an adventure, something along the lines of Robin Hood.”

Unlike previous plays, Mr. Moramarco said he will write the script himself.

“I read a bunch of different versions of Treasure Island and I didn’t really think any of them fit our group of students,” Mr. Moramarco said. “Some of them had too much gunplay, and I’m uncomfortable with gun violence on stage, so I went ahead and wrote my own.”

The lead roles include Jim Hawkins, played by Ben Duffy ‘26, the young man who finds the treasure map. Long John Silver, played by Matthew Hodge ‘24, is the cook on the ship who is secretly a pirate. The narrator, Jim, who is all grown up, is played by Sebastian Helling ‘24.

The cast will include some girls to fill in the female roles. But the play will still be predominantly male.

“I feel good, it’s always fun to be in a show no matter what your role is,” Hodge said. “Every role is pivotal, and every role has an important job no matter if you’re the lead role or small role.”

The play will have three showings: Oct. 27-28 at 7:00 pm and Oct. 29 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $7 and are available online at the Ticket Box Office. Find out more by scanning the QR codes on the posters around the school.

“I’m really excited, I think the boys that are in it are doing a fantastic job, we’ve got all the different sword fights mapped out,” Moramarco said. “They are doing a good job with it, so it will look really cool, and be fun to watch.”

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