Best-selling author Melinda Long's swashbuckling treasure hunt How I Became a Pirate comes to the stage in an Omaha Theater Company musical production for children. Send your young adventurers on a journey through the high seas of the imagination at 2 p.m. Sunday in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium.
Compelling storytelling, irresistible songs and bold choreography combine to tell the tale of young Jeremy Jacob and his encounter with Captain Braid Beard. The story brims with adventure as the lad embarks on a quest for buried treasure and learns about pirate customs.
Tickets are available for the Feb. 24 show, which is about one hour long.
"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," said the show's director Rob Urbinati. "I want Pirate to have that kind of exuberance, and that's what I want the audience—both children and adults—to experience."
Award-winning composers, lyricists and playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman adapted the book for the stage.
Founded in 1949, Omaha Theater Company is one of the oldest, largest and most respected children's theatrical organizations in the United States.
Read a feature in which State College children's book author Martha Freeman talks about How I Became a Pirate, in particular, and children's literature, in general.
Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.
Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place in Eisenhower one hour before the show. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania provides a pirate activity to spark the creativity, curiosity and imagination. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.