Treasure Island at the Library

Maine State Music Theatre and six local libraries are collaborating on an interdisciplinary project focused on introducing Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island to a wider public. Beginning on April 1 and continuing through July 13, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Patten Free Library in Bath, Topsham Public Library, Wiscasset Public Library, Orr’s Island Library, Cundy’s Harbor Library in Harpswell, and Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library will offer a series of free programs which explore the swashbuckling classic and its relationship to the new musical Treasure Island A Musical Adventure, which will have its East Coast premiere at MSMT on June 26.“We want to introduce family audiences to the story and inspire them to discover or rediscover this outstanding work,” said MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. “We hope this project will translate into building a new audience for both the novel and the musical theatre production.”

Together with the libraries, MSMT has coordinated a series of creative programs, including a library display, online reading and materials lists, online complete study guides comparing the novel and the musical, and free events held at each library this spring. In addition, each of the libraries is centering its comprehensive summer reading program on pirates and other related themes and will create a host of entertaining children’s and family activities.

Funding provided in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

With support by: 


23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, ME 04011 •

May 7 at 6 PM
FilmTreasure Island (1950) with a talk back with MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. The 1950 movie follows Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1883 novel of the treasure seeking adventures of Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) and Long John Silver (Robert Newton). With swashbuckling pirates and hidden treasure, this film is Disney’s first completely live-action film.

June 29 at 10 AM
Treasure Island Book discussion with Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold.

July 3 at Noon
MSMT’s Peek Behind the Curtain panel featuring cast and creative from the production of Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure.

935 Cundy’s Harbor Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079,

June 25; July 2; July 9; July 16; July 23; July 30 at 2 PM
Treasure Island Read Aloud

June 25 at 10:30 AM
“Pirate Day in the Harbor”: This annual event for all ages features pirate-themed games and crafts led by Debbie Norton and Deb Yates and readings from  Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

1699 Harpwell Islands Road (Rt. 24), Orr’s Island, ME,

April 4 at 7:00 PM
First Thursday Speaker: Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark presents an overview of the Maine State Music Theatre 2019 season with a trailer for the film Treasure Island.

April 20 at 3:30 PM
Film: The 1950 film version of Treasure Island follows Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1883 novel of the treasure seeking adventures of Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) and Long John Silver (Robert Newton). With swashbuckling pirates and hidden treasure, this film is Disney’s first completely live-action film.

July 3 at 10 AM
Pirates on Parade  – a free program for children (1 hr.) with a costume parade, prizes, games & treats.

33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530,

June 4 at 6:30 PM
“Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine” presented by author and pirate reenactor Greg Latimer, will offer insightful and factual information about Maine-based pirates as well as pirates “from away,” who, while not based in Maine, traveled to the area for a variety of purposes.

June 11 at 6:30 PM
Film: Treasure Island (1934) with a Talk Back with MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. The 1934 film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, and Nigel Bruce is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1883 novel of the same name. Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map and travels on a sailing ship to a remote island, but pirates led by Long John Silver threaten to take away the honest seafarers’ riches and lives.

June 12 at 6:30 PM
“The Two Sides of Robert Louis Stevenson” a discussion with David Ingmundson, Teacher of Reading, Design Workshop at Morse High School; Instructor of English Composition at Southern Maine Community College.

In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson published “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” a charming collection still read by and to children today. In 1886, he published “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a brilliant and frightening tale of Gothic horror that probes the darkest corners of human nature.

How do we reconcile the two sides of Stevenson’s genius? Join a discussion of the author, his work, his childhood, his illnesses, successes, and fears. Perhaps the answers can be found in Stevenson’s childhood in Edinburgh, a place he later referred to as a “lamp lit Vicious Fairyland.” Or perhaps we can find enough clues in the writing itself.

June 25- 28
Pirate Week: Walk, talk & dress like a pirate when you visit the library.

Jun, 27, 10:30-11:30 AM
Adventuring pirate fun with Greg Latimer of Red Cloak Tours, ages 5 & up, at Gazebo & Library Park. Ice Cream Social to follow.

25 Foreside Road, Topsham, ME 04086,

July 12 at 2:30 PM
Talk back with MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark.

21 High St, Wiscasset, ME 04578,

May 1 – 31
Pirate Art Project: The Children’s Room will feature a Pirate Art Project. Color your own design or use the color page provided by the library. All mediums will be allowed. The suggested size is 9 X 11 inches. The color pages will be distributed to all students attending Edgecomb-Eddy School and Wiscasset Elementary School. They will also be available to pick up at the library. 

Each entry will receive a bag of Pirate Booty snack and an eye-patch as well as being entered in a raffle for a fantastic basket of pirate goodies including a book or two! The pictures must be dropped off by Friday, May 31 by 5:00 pm. They will be on display during the contest and for much of the month of June.  

May 1 – 31
Guess How Many!: Guess how many chocolate doubloons are in the glass jar during the month of May. The closet answer will get to take home the doubloons! One jar for children’s drawing and one jar for adults.

May 3 at 10:30 AM
Children’s Story Time: Join the library for a rollicking story of pirates, parrots and mateys!

Saturday, May 4 (until the kits are gone)
Take & Make Craft Kits: Fold and color your own cardboard treasure chest. Kit includes chest and embellishments. 

May 8 from 3 – 4 PM
Treasure Hunt. A fun afternoon of treasure hunting for children on the lawn. Call in advance to reserve spot – limited to 12

May 22 from 5 – 6:45 PM
Treasure Island Book Discussion

April 23-29
Windjammer Days – Click Here for full schedule of events 

June 25 from 10 AM – 3 PM
Windjammer Days for Wee Mateys: Outdoor activities for children focusing on sailing and pirates.