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Young duo shares lead in ‘Pirate’

In a move somewhat unusual in community theatre, Halifax County Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “How I Became a Pirate” will feature two actors in the lead role.  Jake Carr and Easton Berry have been pegged to bring the lead role of Jeremy Jacob to life, with Berry being the understudy.

The musical tells the story of young Jeremy’s adventure with Captain Braid Beard and his mates as they search for the perfect place to hide their treasure. It is a fun, song-filled adventure with themes of family, understanding, heart and the value of home. It’s a family friendly show sure to entertain all ages.

Carr, a 4th grader at Cluster Springs Elementary School, is no stranger to the stage. His resume includes Tiny Tim in HCLT’s 2011 production of “A Christmas Carol” and Ollie in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”  His family has been very involved with local productions, so it was natural for him to find his way on stage.  In addition to meeting the challenges of learning lyrics, dialog and dance steps on stage, Carr enjoys karate, movies, the trampoline and has an avid interest in motorcycles.

Berry is a newcomer to the stage, but like Carr, his family is very active in the local theatre scene. He has spent lots of time watching rehearsals and attending shows at The Prizery. He is a third grader at Scottsburg Elementary School. Other than singing, dancing and acting, he enjoys soccer and video games.

Director Sandy Slayton and Musical Director Cari Mahan are excited to be working with two talented and energetic boys in the lead role.

Slayton says that the boys, while very different, are bringing all of their energy and personality to the role of Jeremy Jacobs. “Jake is very confident and happy-go-lucky; Easton is a bit more laid back, but both of them have great stage presence and are absolutely adorable.”

Mahan agreed with Slayton, adding, “[Jake] shows absolutely no fear in daring to try new moves and is making Jeremy Jacob truly come to life. He is one of Halifax County’s up and coming talents. Easton’s creativity and personality really come through when he takes the stage as Jeremy Jacob. I’m expecting to see great things from both of them.”

“How I Became a Pirate” performances are April 19, 20 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; April 21 at 3 p.m.; and April 27 at 10 a.m.  Following the Saturday morning show, there will be a special lunch with the pirates in the banquet hall upstairs.  

Tickets are available at The Prizery Box Office, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, by phone 572-8339 or online at www.hclt.org. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students.