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Seafaring, swordfighting and coconut-wielding Spaniards all feature in this year's pantomime, Treasure Island.

The show by the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, now on at City Hall's Earl Cameron Theatre, pits the heroic young Jim Ladd (Brian Wedlich) against the grizzled pirate Long John Slither (Alan Brooks) on a quest for buried riches.

Among those joining the duo on their frantic journey are Jim's mother Mrs Ladd (Phillip Jones), his star-crossed sweetheart Nancy (Isabella Zuill-McKenzie) and Slither's ragtag gang of ne'er-do-wells.

The production, directed by Jo Shane, doffs its cap to panto tradition throughout — offering slapstick, regular forays into the absurd and sly asides for the grown-ups only.

And, of course, there's plenty of cross-dressing, most notably by Mr Jones as the dame Mrs Ladd, landlady of The Admiral Bimbo Inn.

A cross between Mike Myers and Dolly Parton, the man-hungry blonde bombshell sports all manner of outrageous outfits during the tale, and sets the tone for her camp shenanigans early on with her “rabble-rousing audience participation workout”.

Elsewhere, watch out for the assorted Bermudian references woven into the script — and don't be surprised to find pirates roaming the aisles looking for trouble.

Musical numbers are split between original songs and old classics, with nods to the likes of Madonna and The Village People, as well as a good old-fashioned singalong at the end to get everyone out of their seats.

Ultimately though, it's the show's keen sense of silliness which keeps the audience entertained.

Who will find the hidden treasure and who will have to walk the plank? Will Nancy's stiff-upper-lipped father Squire Polperro (Stephen Notman) ever accept her love for the lowly Jim? Why won't Slither let his parrot Cap'n Haddock (Christine Whitestone) sit on his shoulder anymore?

And, most importantly, who's next to get a pie to the face?

Find out for yourself, as Treasure Island runs until December 12.

See www.bmds.bm for more information. Tickets, priced at $35 apiece, are available by calling 278-1500 or visiting www.ptix.bm

From left, Nancy Polperro (Isabella Zuill- McKenzie), George Short (Maxwell King), Long John Slither and Israel Feet (Micah Jimenez)
Billy Fishbones played by Patrick Dill
Outrageous outfits: Jim Ladd with Mrs Ladd, played by Phillip Jones, whose character is a “man-hungry cross between Mike Myers and Dolly Parton”
Jim Ladd (Brian Wedlich) and Pink Dog (Jennifer Campbell)
Frantic journey: Sinead O'Flaherty, right, played by Rebecca Singleton, with fellow members of the cast
Jim Ladd (Brian Wedlich), Squire Polperro (Stephen Notman) and Dr Liversuasage (Reuben Flood).
Nancy Polperro, played by Isabella Zuill-McKenzie.
Best of enemies: Long John Slither, left, played by Alan Brooks, remonstrates with Jim Ladd. Below, Patrick Dill's Billy Fishbones takes the weight off and has a drink
Captain Smellitt, right, played by Nicola Flood.
Lead role: Jim Ladd, played by Brian Wedlich, surrounded by cast members on stage during a performance of Treasure Island at City Hall's Earl Cameron Theatre

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Published December 07, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 06, 2015 at 11:51 pm)

Slapstick silliness entertains audience

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