Based on the award-winning bestselling children’s book by Melinda Long, How I Became a Pirate
is guaranteed to enchant young and old alike. The musical opens Oct. 3 at Parkland Theatre.
Digging in the sand at North Beach, young Jeremy Jacob is greeted by Captain Braid Beard and his mates and recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. After boarding the ship, Jeremy meets the pirate crew, who share with him the ins and outs of a pirate’s life at sea. They instruct him on how to talk like a pirate and teach him pirate manners and etiquette (or the lack thereof). In turn, Jeremy shares with them what a typical kid’s day is like and the wondrous game of soccer! Families will enjoy this story of adventure and finding one’s own heart—a path that can’t be found on any treasure map!
Kyle A. Thomas directs a cast that includes Kyle Klein as young Jeremy Jacob and David Heckman as Captain Braid Beard. Rounding out the raucous pirate crew are David Dillman, Ashley Johnson, Andrew Lee, Paula Lyding, Maggie O’Brien, and Teri Sturdyvin. "Audiences will be invited to jump aboard our pirate ship and learn all about what it takes to be a Pirate,” Thomas said “From buried treasure to swabbing the deck to talkin' Pirate, this will be an exciting and entertaining adventure for everyone!”
Performances will run Oct. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m., along with matinees on Sunday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. The running time for How I Became a Pirate
is approximately 1 hour. After each show, children in the audience will be invited onstage to meet the Pirate
cast and choose a piece of treasure from the pirate’s chest to take home!
Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (55+), $8 for Youth 12 and under, and $10 each for groups of 15 or more. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Parkland Theatre continues its guarantee of affordable theatre for everyone by offering “pay what you can night” on Thursday, Oct. 3and “half-price night” on Thursday, Oct. 10. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.parkland.edu/theatre
or by calling 217/351-2528. Parents with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org