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Search on for seven rowdy pirates, young lad

The public can always count on Halifax County Little Theatre to bring great entertainment to the community, and it’s evident that those productions are the result of the combined efforts and many hours of work from many people.  

Halifax County Little Theatre board members and community volunteers are already busily planning and working on Little Theatre’s February and April productions. 

The cast is in rehearsal for February’s comedy “Elvis Has Left The Building,” directed by Becky Donner, and auditions are right around the corner for the April musical comedy “How I Became A Pirate.”  

The Elvis cast is a small bunch, with just 5 characters to bring this story to the stage, but the situations are downright hilarious as Elvis’s manager resorts to desperate measures to produce The King when The King is nowhere to be found. Volunteers are busy creating all the elements that bring a production to life, and tickets are available at The Prizery by calling 572-8339 or at HCLT.org. 

“Elvis” will be “in the Building” Feb. 15-23.  

 While Donner and her cast are perfecting February’s production, Director Sandy Slayton and Musical Director Cari Mahan are looking for seven rowdy (adult) pirates and one adventurous young lad to form the cast of “How I Became A Pirate.” 

This production will take the stage in mid-April, and rehearsals will begin in February.  Rehearsals will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with other rehearsals at the director’s discretion as needed.  

Cast and crew must be available for technical rehearsal the weekend of April 12-14, daytime performances on April 18 and 23 as well as evening performances on April 19, 20 and 26, a 3 p.m. performance on April 21, and a morning performance on Saturday, April 27.

The story, based on the popular children’s book by Melinda Long, tells the tale of young Jeremy Jacob, who meets a whole crew of pirates one day while he’s playing on the beach.  The pirates are looking for a digger to help them bury their treasure, and of course, Jeremy Jacob proves to be just the boy for the job.  

He joins the pirates for a short voyage (he has to be home in time for soccer practice, ya’ know) and Captain Braid Beard, Salty Dog,  Swill and Shark Tooth (the most feared pirate to sail the seven seas) teach him all about the life of a pirate.  

Other swashbuckling mateys who join in the fun include Pierre, the ship’s cook, First Mate Seymour Braunschwagger and Max, who is a bit befuddled, one might say. The story is interspersed with rousing pirate songs, high adventure, a bit of audience participation and lots of just plain fun.

 Auditions will be held on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., at The Prizery in South Boston.  Come prepared to let that inner child (or inner pirate, perhaps), as the actors play with some dialogue and practice some pirate shenanigans. 

There really are no small parts for this cast; everyone needs to be ready to sing and ready to have a good time.  No need to prepare anything special to sing. Yo Ho! It’ll be a grand adventure, so come on, ye buccaneers. 

For more information or a bit of encouragement, email the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .