For the school's spring play, Hesperia Christian School selected the swashbuckling adventure classic, "Treasure Island." The HCS production completed its run in the school's chapel two weeks ago.


"The students had a great time playing pirates," said Audrey Longshore, HHS drama teacher. "We put in a tremendous amount of rehearsal time, which included training for my actors in the sword fight sequences."


The result was enjoyable for the audience, which shared their enthusiasm.


"We received great reviews from all the people who attended the performances, and that was really gratifying to the kids. We all felt this was one of our best plays we have ever done. I am so proud of all the hard work they put in."


Like the original, which is based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, the Hesperia Christian version told the story of pirates and buried gold. At the center of the plot is Jim Hawkins, a young boy who lives at his parents' Bristol, England inn during the 1700s. Then a series of menacing characters visit the inn. Eventually a treasure hunt ensues, taking the cast of characters on a exciting journey to the British Virgin Islands.


Drama is just one of several activities for the actors, which helps create a well-rounded student.


"I have all these athletes involved in track and field, baseball, softball and golf and yet they pour their hearts and souls into this effort on top of all that," Longshore said.


Perhaps the best known athlete-actor was Jordan Vargas, a basketball player who averaged nearly 20 points per game. He played Long John Silver. Naomi Ley portrayed the other lead character, Jim Hawkins.


"I think it is most kid's dreams to play a pirate, and these kids enjoyed it to the fullest, which translated into a great formance for the audience."