This summer, 24 Ringgold youth, ranging in age from seven to 15, have been busy preparing for an exciting ocean journey in search of treasure. The adventure promises excitement, suspense, humor and of course, pirates.

All ages are invited to attend a performance of “Treasure Island” at Crosspointe Church, 75 Walker Industrial Drive, just off Alabama Highway in Ringgold Friday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The cast has been preparing for this production since May under the direction of Rachel Bruner, of the newly established Ringgold Center for the Arts. While the new arts center presently focuses primarily on youth theatre, Bruner plans to incorporate dance, fine arts paint and drawing and creative writing opportunities for youth in the community in the near future. Her vision is to provide guidance for children to find and use their creative side and encourage them to develop their full artistic potential.

“I just love working with the kids, watching them grow from the first audition to the final performance. It’s such a transformation,” she said. “We have a lot of fun, but we also work really, really hard.”

This version of “Treasure Island” incorporates elements of music, dance and visual arts through costuming and sets. Bruner’s sister, Shannon Hashman, is a costume designer who designed and prepared each costume individually.

“The attention to detail in costumes and makeup really helps the play come to life,” Bruner said.

Originally written by Robert Lewis Stevenson, “Treasure Island” was modified for the stage by Dan Neidermyer. This production is fun for the whole family.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help defray production costs.

For more information, please visit to the “Ringgold Center for the Arts” Facebook page.