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OBERLIN — A mixed team of college students and professionals are working hard building the pirate ship set for “Treasure Island,” one of three plays that will be performed for the seventh season of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival July and August.
The festival provides the surrounding communities with six weeks of free, family-friendly, professional theater.
Founder and director Paul Moser said it’s oriented toward a “diverse, intergenera...tional audience” and seeks to raise Oberlin’s profile as a regional arts destination.
Since its inception in 2009, its operating budget and staff have more than doubled, and the 2014 audience approached the 10,000 mark.
Since the shows are performed in rotating repertory, visitors can attend two shows in one day or all three shows in a weekend.
“Treasure Island” will be the first show to open this summer, running from July 3 to Aug. 8.
The story follows 14-year-old Jim Hawkins, played by Colin Wulff, who discovers a treasure map that launches him into a wild pirate adventure alongside Long John Silver, played by Actors’ Equity member Neil Thackaberry.
“Treasure Island” is a new adaptation by Ken Ludwig of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, recommended for ages 6 and up. Moser calls the show “a perfect way to introduce young people to the magical story-telling power of live theater.”
The festival continues its tradition of Shakespeare with “All’s Well That Ends Well,” a sophisticated yet sometimes bawdy comedy about defying class to pursue love and destiny.
The heroine, Helena, strives to marry above her status and win the hand of Count Bertram. “All’s Well That Ends Well” runs from July 10 to Aug. 8 and is recommended for ages 10 and up. The show features Annie Winneg as Helena and Actors’ Equity members Karen Nelson Moser as Countess Rousillion and Matthew Wright as King of France.
Completing the 2015 season is “Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
This uplifting family drama is told through the perspective of 17-year-old Ernestine, as she and other members of her African-American family move from Florida to Brooklyn in the changing world of 1950.
Featuring Tiffany Ames as Ernestine and Actors’ Equity member Justin Emeka as Godfried, the play runs July 17 to Aug. 7 and is recommended for ages 6 and up.
Although tickets are free and available at the door, reservations are recommended.
Hall Auditorium is located at 67 N. Main Street in Oberlin.
The box office is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at (440) 775-8169, or ostf@oberlin.edu.
For more information, visit oberlin.edu/ostf.