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Chase Bickerman (left), 5, and Tyler Bickerman, 8, strike a pose with pirate impersonator and actor Dave Roden on Sunday during the Lunch with a Pirate event, which was hosted by Festival 56 and Learning Stage, the education committee of Princeton Theater Group. Children were welcomed to hangout on the set of the Festival 56 production of "Treasure Island" at the Princeton High School Council Auditorium before the matinee show.

PRINCETON – Little “buccaneers” swarmed the Festival 56 production set of Treasure Island Sunday afternoon for a special Lunch with a Pirate event hosted by Learning Stage, the education committee of Princeton Theater Group and Festival 56.

Attendees were asked to come dressed as their favorite pirate and make up a swashbuckling pirate name as they were invited to play games, make crafts, learn pirate songs and dive into the story of “Treasure Island.”

“Treasure Island” is a classic tale about a 12-year-old cabin boy Jim Hawkins and the greatest anti-hero, Long John Silver. The story was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and provides an action-packed story of sailing, mutiny and buried treasure.

About 26 guests were provided a lunch right on set as they mingled with “Treasure Island” pirate actors Patrick Poole, Kurt Bilanoski and Kelsie Brejcha and the production’s set designer Chris Gadomski.

Gadomski explained his designs for the set and how he was able to mastermind the creation which has temporarily taken over the Princeton High School Council Auditorium. Young pirates were invited to ask questions about the various parts of the ship and what life was like for a pirate at sea.

The adventure set sail into the 2 p.m. matinee of “Treasure Island.” At the end of the performance, the children were given a copy of “Treasure Island” to explore the adventure for years to come.

“Treasure Island” tickets are still available by calling the Festival 56 box office at 815-879-5656 or online at www.Festival56.com. Upcoming showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday; Thursday and Friday.

Festival 56 will continue its 10th season with the opening of “The Full Monty,” which will kickoff its first performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Grace Performing Arts Center. Other performances will be at 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. July 30; 7:30 p.m. July 31; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

The festival will also kick-off its special production “Hometown: Anonymous,” which is a new play Festival 56 commissioned and is based on stories submitted by residents in the community.

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