Cast Selected for Performance of "Treasure Island" at Heritage Center

Jan 16, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A cast of 39 local youth will present an original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel, Treasure Island, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center, John and Alice Butler Hall. The performance will be the culmination of a week-long rehearsal with Missoula Children’s Theatre touring company.

Here is the local cast, who auditioned on Monday:

Jim Hawkins – Jason Reichel, 11th grade, Dubuque Senior High School

Jim’s Mother – Anna McClain, sixth grade, Washington Middle School

Pirate Crew – Jonathon Haven, 10th grade, East Dubuque Junior/High School; Keaton Besler, fifth grade, St. Columbkille Elementary School; Dustin Coyle, sixth grade, Drexler Middle/Intermediate School; Zianna Minor, fourth grade, Lincoln Elementary School; Erin King, fifth grade, St. Columbkille; Olivia Josvanger, fifth grade, Kennedy Elementary School; and AJ Murdah, seventh grade, Washington

Ruffians – Piper Birkenholz, fourth grade, Kennedy; Lucy Klavitter, fourth grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Immersion Program; Dillon Muilenburg, third grade, Irving Elementary School; Soren Obermueller, sixth grade, Washington; and Caroline Otting, fifth grade, Sacred Heart School

Seagulls – Kiptyn Althoff, first grade, homeschool; Evelyn Coyle, first grade, Farley Elementary School;Claire Gansen, first grade, Epworth Elementary School;Lauren Kronlage, kindergarten, Seton Catholic School; Aiden Muilenburg, first grade, Irving; Zoe Sabers, second grade, Epworth;andEvie Shaw, second grade, Irving

Villagers – Carsyn Birkenholz, third grade, Kennedy; Nile Connely, third grade, St. Columbkille; Alice Hanselman, fifth grade, Sageville Elementary School; Samuel Haug, third grade, Eisenhower Elementary School; Joelle Haven, fourth grade, East Dubuque Elementary School; Jack Kirman, fourth grade, Carver Elementary School; Grace Maas, second grade, Farley; Randen McManus, third grade, homeschool; Abigail Moubry, second grade, Cardinal Elementary School; Brandon Ruiz, fourth grade, Eisenhower; Ashlyn Tierney, second grade, East Dubuque; and Josephine Till, second grade, Peosta Elementary School

Sisters – Mira Brock, fifth grade, Bryant Elementary School; Kendall Siebels, fifth grade, Monticello Middle School; Kelly Snyder, sixth grade, St. Francis Xavier School; Grace Wethal, fifth grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Lauryn McManus, fifth grade, homeschool; and Mia McDermott, fourth grade, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The local cast will appear alongside Emily Dwornik, a MCT professional actor who will portray Long John Silver. Eric James Rhodes, with MCT, is the show’s director.

WHAT:                   Live at Heritage Center Family Series - Treasure Island produced by Missoula Children’s Theatre

WHEN:                   Saturday, Jan. 20 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:                 John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:               $15 adult, $13 alumni/military, $9 student/child, $4 lap seat children 3 and under ($4 lap seat ticket available with purchase of an adult ticket)

Treasure Island is about a mischievous lad named Jim Hawkins who lives with his mother and six sisters in a seaside village. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver, and sails uncharted seas with a flock of seagulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s ruffian friends serve as cabin boys. On the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest. Then – at last – the treasure is found and they’re homeward bound.

Treasure Island was developed by MCT, a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana, in partnership with NorthWestern Energy. In 2018, more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage.

Tickets for Treasure Island can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at