HOW I BECAME A PIRATE is now available for licensing! Based on Melinda Long’s hugely popular children’s book of the same name, this magnificent tale is a musical treasure chest that brings to the stage the tale of young Jeremy Jacob’s high seas adventure. Jeremy meets Captain Braid Beard and his mates one day, and is recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure!
With book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE is ideal for theatre organizations that are looking for an easy to cast and stage musical that will do big biz at the box office!
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE connects with young audiences by capturing their sense of imagination and letting it soar as they come to know and love Jeremy and each and every endearingly crusty pirate from their fearless leader Braid Beard to Pirate Scurvy Dog! A host of hilarious and charming characters can be played by a smaller cast or a larger ensemble and staged as simply or lushly as suits your individual production needs.
Like the other hot titles in the TRW/TYA Catalogue, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE is part of the great new wave of TYA musicals that are bringing a whole new audience to theatres worldwide. Organizations that are looking for creative ways to satisfy their creative missions while still selling tickets are looking to fresh, new, high-quality titles that have flown from the page to the musical theatre stage! The Nickelodeon Live On Stage Collection (RUGRATS, BLUES CLUES LIVE: THE MOST SPECTACULAR PLACE and BLUE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY), and PINKALICIOUS, CINDERELLA, NO DOGS ALLOWED, and THEY CHOSE ME are all helping theatres everywhere get to the next level of presenting hip, smart, stage adaptations of new titles that are not cut-down versions of older shows, but stories that are becoming the classics of this generation!
Critics consistently praised PIRATE in its initial productions around America. “Kids love pirates. On opening day of “How I Became a Pirate” at Cape Rep’s outdoor theater, the show was sold-out. This fun, pirate parody (without any scary parts), is sure to please. My six-year-old’s eyes were fully fixed on the stage. My ten-year-old liked the sprinkling of modern technology references, especially the song “pirates dot arggh,” wrote Ellen Petry Whalen of GateHouse News Service, reviewing the Cape Cod Rep Theatre’s 2010 production in Brewster, MA.
Nancy Cook-Senn of the Oklahoma University News agreed: “How I Became A Pirate,” a musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, shows just how much fun a daydream can be when a lad sets sail with a wacky boatload of buccaneers. It’s a charming romp that never flags in its silliness for youngsters and sly asides for grown-ups, adventuring aboard ship, on the beach and against a shimmering sky. Songs are energetically and deftly delivered as characters enter and interact with the audience. It’s an appealing treat from start to finish. These buccaneers are a huge hit!” wrote Cook-Senn after seeing the Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre for Young Audiences production in Shawnee, OK in 2010.
You can catch HOW I BECAME A PIRATE at one of these upcoming productions:
March 17, 2011 – March 19, 2011 TRYPS Children’s Theater, Columbia, MO
March 30, 2011 – May 19, 2011 Muskegon Civic Theatre, Muskegon, MI
May 6, 2011 – May 15, 2011 ABQStages, Albuquerque, NM
May 11, 2011 – May 31, 2011 Theatre of Youth Company Inc, Buffalo, NY
May 19, 2011 – May 20, 2011 Mountain Trails Elementary, Eagle Mountain, UT
October 14, 2011 – October 30, 2011 Omaha Theater Company, Omaha, NE
February 25, 2012 – March 31, 2012 Derby Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, IN