Friday, May 14, 2010

MSTW: summer season at Kennedy Mine


Main Street Theatre Works Presents a Summer Season of Family Fun and Adventure with Treasure Island and The Servant of Two Masters.

Main Street Theatre Works is proud to present their 2010 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson ~ opening with the classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, followed by the zany adventures of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, a translation and adaptation of by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi. Treasure Island runs Friday and Saturday nights, June 18th through July 24th and The Servant of Two Masters runs August 6th through September 4th.

Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Treasure Island, set in 1775, pays tribute to this masterful tale of treachery, mayhem, and a young boy’s coming of age adventure. Jim Hawkins is recovering from the death of his father, while trying to help his mother run the Admiral Benbow Inn. Enter the dangerous pirate Billy Bones, who is being tracked for possession of a treasure map by some of the sea’s most famous cutthroats ~ the greedy and unpredictable George Merry, the fierce woman pirate Anne Bonny, the intimidating and evil Blind Pew, and leading the pack is the infamous Long John Silver, the most famous hero/villain of all time. Silver befriends Jim and provides Jim a connection to his deceased father, but is Silver really an ally to Jim, or will he betray him to get his hands on the treasure map? This swashbuckling adventure, Treasure Island, pulls into the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre June 18th through July 24th.

Following the pirate adventure is The Servant of Two Masters. If you loved the zaniness of Around the World in 80 Days last year, you’ll love “…Servant.” It’s been described as “…a Bob Hope or Woody Allen comedy written by Monty Python and performed by Chaplin.” In the story, the madcap and always hungry servant, Truffaldino, does his best to serve two masters, in hopes of an extra meal and some extra pocket change. But is food what he’s really hungry for or is he hungry for his true love, Smeraldina? From beginning to end, the audience is caught up, and included, in the zany madness of an Italian Circus setting, complete with outrageous costumes, mistaken identities, thwarted lovers and irate fathers. The Servant of Two Masters runs August 6th thru September 4th.

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in their 16h season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences.

The setting for the amphitheatre is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across an old bridge, into a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located on North Main Street in Jackson, next to the Country Squire Motel.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics, Show starts at 8:00pm
Treasure Island
June 18th - July 24th
The Servant of Two Masters
August 6th – September 4th

Ticket Prices
Adults - $17.50
Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $49.00

Tickets available at the gate or on-line at

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