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Abby Sculley, playing the role of the captain in Vacaville Ballet Company’s production of “Mutiny!”, rehearses with the rest of the cast, Wednesday at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page B1 | May 16, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — There be pirates in the Vacaville Ballet Company’s production of “Mutiny!” this weekend.

Artistic Director Cassandra Kamakeeiana hopes audience members will ask themselves, “What are you willing to lose and take from others in order to gain your precious treasure?”

The story follows the captain, who has an ever-consuming need for more gold, and her first mate, on the open sea. The gold serves as replacement for the captain’s “heart.”

On their last raid, the crew finds the family that holds the last piece of the treasure map. Some of the pirates don’t want to shed any more innocent blood and take a stand against the captain and her blind greed. They are thrown overboard.

The beaten mutineers yearn for reassurance that there is more to life than meager attempts to find earthly riches.

Piled in a dingy, they are taken in by the sea, where they meet mermaids. With help from the mermaids, the crew members discover some things about themselves. They also find land, waking up on a sandy shore. It’s the same land where the treasure resides and they aren’t alone. The captain’s crew is also there.

The race is on to see who will find the treasure first.

‘Mutiny!’

  • 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday

  • Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive

  • 469-4013

  • www.vpat.net or vacavilleballetcompany.org

Members of the audience will discover whether they use their new gifts for the good of others – or, like the captain, are lured by the beauty of the riches.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Kamakeeiana wrote in a press release for the show.

“Mutiny!” includes music from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” soundtracks.

Kamakeeiana drew story inspiration from dramatic and diverse music and a childhood filled with classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”

Her own personal views and life experiences served as the foundation of story, she said in press materials.

The captain’s role is shared by Abby Sculley and Macie La Grand. Handling first mate duties are Katelyn Reid and Victoria Joyce.

Jill Oates and Angelica Bouzos play the enchanted mermaid.

The Vacaville Ballet Company was founded in 1994 by Jamie Zimmerman, a member of the San Francisco Ballet Company, where she was a principal dancer.

Heide LuMaye, who had served as the company’s artistic director, purchased the Vacaville Ballet Theatre Academy in 2006. Kamakeeiana took over as artistic director in 2013. She opened a new school earlier this year, the Royal School of Ballet, the new home for Vacaville Ballet Company.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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