Thursday, February 14, 2013

Two favorite books visit our stage in upcoming Family Festivity performances

February 14, 2013

By Angela Marroy Boerger

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be a pirate – sailing the high seas, searching for treasure and generally ignoring the rules of polite behavior?  That is exactly what young adventurer Jeremy Jacob finds out in our upcoming Family Festivity performance of How I Became A Pirate.  Based on the picture book by Melinda Long and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Shannon, this new musical is full of sage advice on how to act like a pirate – from how to sing sea chanteys, use the proper pirate vocabulary (throw in “landlubber” and “scurvy dog” as often as possible), and comport yourself at the dinner table (where there is no spinach or carrots to be found), to all of the finer points of pirate life. 
With bold choreography and fun songs such as “Green Teeth,” “You’ve Got to Talk Like a Pirate,” and “Pirates Dot Aaargh!”, How I Became A Pirate is an imaginative journey of adventure.  As Director Rob Urbinati comments, “One of the things that pirates represent for kids is a life free from care, a life of giddy abandon, where you can do whatever you want.  I want Pirate to have that kind of exuberance and that’s what I want the audience – both children and adults – to experience!”
So practice your pirate-speak and run up the Jolly Roger, because on March 3, the Playhouse will play home to some rowdy, treasure-loving visitors:  Captain Braid Beard and his merry crew! 

On April 7, we will take things down a notch with a family show that will both resonate with children everywhere and bring back sweet memories to their parents, with The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle. 

Based on the classic book by Watty Piper, The Little Engine shows our younger audience members the value of persistence and dedication, as Little Blue Engine dreams of leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track.  Finding strength from within, the Little Engine discovers all that is possible with optimism, determination and hard work.
Songs include “On the Right Track,” “An Engine of the Railroad” and “I Think I Can,” and there is plenty to entertain the young train-lovers in your life. 
Whether by modeling the life of a pirate or animating a beloved classic such as The Little Engine That Could, we seek to ignite children’s imaginations in our Family Festivity series.  Be sure to read the book before you come to the theater, and be prepared to see your favorite characters come to life!
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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