Preview: Treasure Island

South Morningside Stage Club in Treasure Island. Pic: Comp

South Morningside Stage Club in Treasure Island. Pic: Comp

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SOUTH Morningside Stage Club takes to the stage of the Church Hill this week in a production of Treasure Island that promises to be a bit different to those that have gone before, not least because it features “mermaids, a massive sea storm, the French, and some lovely songs.”

So says director, Stephen James Martin, who took over the reins of the long-running stage club, three years ago.

He adds, “The last two years have been a joy at Stage Club, but I want to push the show each year. Last year we did that by moving the production to the Church Hill Theatre from the school hall. Now I am looking to push it a bit more, so there are some new elements to keep it fresh for everyone.”

The Stage Club, part of South Morningside Primary School, has been running for more than 18 years now and provides the opportunity for 66 youngsters, aged 11 and 12, to experience what it is like to perform for an audience.

Working with Martin to bring Treasure Island to life is assistant director Amy Wilson, costume designer Alison Pideoux, production manager Fi McIntyre.

“Our theme this year was Scottish,” says Martin. “I didn’t want to touch on the referendum, so instead researched the roots of Robert Louis Stevenson and discovered he is buried in Morningside Cemetery. So Treasure Island seemed appropriate.

He adds, “The kids have worked so hard on this and that work has not been in vain”.

Treasure Island, Church Hill Theatre, tomorrow-Saturday, 7.30pm, £5, 07912- 516 864