Treasure Island cast and crew on the Lady Washington

Method acting, anyone?

In September, the drama club of Sehome High School went sailing on the local “high seas” as preparation for their upcoming production of Treasure Island. What better way to get into character than to sail the seas, sing some sea shanties and experience what the crew of the Hispaniola would have felt in the 1700s.

Organized by Sehome’s English and drama teacher Kandace Arens McGowan, the cast and crew of Treasure Island boarded the Lady Washington, an historic tall ship, in mid-September and sailed near Langley, Washington, near Deception Pass. The field trip included lessons in ship culture, history and sailing, as well as in sea shanties and stories of life at sea. McGowan says that the point of the trip was “to be able to build their characters and create a world for the fall play.”

Treasure Island opens Thursday, Dec. 5 in Sehome High School’s brand new Big Little Theatre and runs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Ironically and of note, the Lady Washington, a full scale replica of the original ship, herself has played many parts in Hollywood movies, including in “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003) and “Star Trek: Generations” (her movie debut in 1993).

For more on Sehome drama and to buy tickets for Treasure Island, click here.

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