Family-friendly mutineers

Never trust a man with a parrot, kid.

Never trust a man with a parrot, kid.

Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre

1105 N. Main St.
Jackson, CA 95642
Rated 3.0

This outdoor production features a worthy performance by veteran Ed Gyles Jr. as the charming, opportunistic Long John Silver, who in playwright Ken Ludwig’s adaptation becomes a semi-father figure (quoting Shakespeare) in addition to being a rogue. Teenager Matthew Taul (of Natomas Charter Academy) does well as young Jim Hawkins, particularly in his action scenes; and energetic Brent Randolph babbles through a long fake beard as the castaway Ben Gunn; while cagey Allen Pontes has a good turn calling for rum as sick old Billy Bones. Pontes also did the fight choreography; lots of growling pirates slicing the air with swords. Other performances fit mostly into the broad community theater category. These mutineers are occasionally deadly, but primarily they’re family fare.

Treasure Island, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; gates open at 6:30 p.m. for picnics; $12-$17.50, with a $49 “family pack” (two adults, two students). Main Street Theatre Works at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, park in the gravel lot next to Country Squire Motel, 1105 N. Main Street; (209) 304-6690; Through July 24.