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Setting sail eventually: ‘Treasure Island’ opens Friday at Bemidji Neighborhood Theater – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — After three years in dry dock, the schooner Hispaniola is lastly able to set sail in downtown Bemidji.

The Bemidji Neighborhood Theater’s manufacturing of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” opens a six-day run on Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW. Performances can be at 7 p.m. on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, and at 2 p.m. on March 26 and April 2.

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members, from left, Aria Robertson as younger “Jim Hawkins,” Mark Christensen as “Captain Smollett” and Sophia Hordichok as “Meg” rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens March 24 on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

Director Mary Knox-Johnson and the 25 forged members have been

able to open the play on the Chief Theater within the spring of 2020

when COVID-19 shut every little thing down. The set was constructed, the forged was prepared, tickets have been bought.

The BCT thought of rescheduling for later in 2020, however with the continuing pandemic,

the present was shelved.

In the meantime, the Neighborhood Theater acquired its personal constructing subsequent door and commenced an intensive transforming effort.

“Nobody knew how lengthy (the pandemic) was going to final, so we left every little thing up on the Chief till the center of July that yr,” Knox-Johnson mentioned. “Nonetheless there was no signal of something loosening up, so we packed every little thing away and hauled it over to this constructing.”

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members, from left, Aria Robertson as younger “Jim Hawkins,” Sophia Hordichok as “Meg” and Paul Conklin as “Tom Morgan” rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island.”

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

The primary play on the BCT Performing Arts Middle was

“The Music Man,”

and others have been staged since then.

“Lastly we mentioned we have to do the (“Treasure Island”) present simply to get closure,” Knox-Johnson mentioned. There are solely about 5 to 10 from the unique 25 who’re on this present, so there was an enormous turnover within the ensuing years. Some youngsters stayed, however the entire principal characters are completely different.”

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

That features Aria Robertson and Sophia Hordichok, each of whom have been forged within the ensemble in 2020. Robertson performs younger Jim Hawkins and Hordichok performs Meg. Different principals are Mary Anderson as Mrs. Hawkins, Paul Conklin as Tom Morgan, Mark Christensen as Captain Smollett, together with Becky Marty, Jaxon Anderson and Tiffany Barta.

“So it’s a model new present in a model new house with some diehards from the unique forged,” Knox-Johnson mentioned. “It was like doing the present from scratch once more.”

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members Mark Christensen, left, as “Captain Smollett” and Paul Conklin as “Tom Morgan” shake fingers throughout a rehearsal on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

The set makes use of a lot of the house within the former Guide World retailer location. The ship is almost 60 ft lengthy, and actors can be seen on the catwalk, the loft and the grand staircase.

Tickets could also be bought at Ken Okay. Thompson Jewellery and McKenzie Place, on-line at

bemidjicommunitytheater.com

or on the door pending availability. Tickets value $6 for youngsters, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults.

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

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Bemidji Neighborhood Theater members rehearse a scene on Monday, March 20, 2023, forward of their upcoming manufacturing of “Treasure Island,” which opens Friday, March 24, on the BCT Performing Arts Middle.

Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

Dennis Doeden

Dennis Doeden, former writer of the Bemidji Pioneer, is a function reporter. He’s a graduate of Metropolitan State College with a level in Communications Administration.

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