Treasure Island Actor Spotlight – Carole Lynn McKinney as Widow Drews/Mutineer

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Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

CLM: That would have to be Elijah repeatedly mis-pronouncing “pint” with a short “I” (think “pinto pony”). I don’t think any of us will ever let him live that down!

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

CLM: When Long John Silver tells the pirates “that lad’s smarter than all the rest of you mixed together in a thin broth.” I love his way with words, and I admire the way he’s self-confident enough not to hesitate to tell a bloodthirsty mob who are as dumb as a box of rocks just exactly where they stand.  I took that line as a partial inspiration for my pirate character, who is quite the knuckle-dragging mouth-breather.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

CLM: There are still a few.  I think they will be surprised by the astronomical levels of stupidity displayed by my pirate character, who is a “Bear of Very Little Brain” and also apparently has absolutely no survival instinct whatsoever…

Q: Do you have a favorite pirate joke?

CLM: What has 8 legs, 8 arms, and 8 eyes? 8 pirates.

Q: What is your favorite pirate movie?

CLM: The first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is by far my favorite pirate film.  In on notable quote, Jack Sparrow says “I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place: spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” This is a very apt observation; throughout the movie there is a great deal of word-play and subtle humor based on fine semantic distinctions.  As a teacher of literature and grammar, I was charmed by this layer of the movie; it’s very unusual to find that kind of sophistication in an action movie – or in a pirate; your eloquent pirates are few and far between.  I’d love to see a war of words and wits between Jack Sparrow and Long John Silver; at last both of them would have found an opponent worthy of the other in both treachery and subtlety!

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