- Last Updated on 08:37 AM 04/24/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
At some time in our lives, everyone wants to be a pirate. Last weekend lots of people got the chance and had a great time in the process. Halifax County Little Theatre opened their latest production “How I Became a Pirate” to enthusiastic audiences. Many of the younger patrons came in their finest pirate regalia, cutlasses in hand, to join in the festivities. Judging from the smiles on their young faces as they left the theatre, the show was a complete success.
Director Sandy Slayton, Musical Director Cari Mahan and Producer Sharon Brogden have put a truly entertaining group of pirates on the stage, and the songs and antics of the crew kept the audiences enthralled start to finish.
Richard Grendahl as Captain Braid Beard leads the not too scary band of cutthroats more in songs than plunder. There are a lot of funny moments as when young Jeremy Jacob explains the joys of playing soccer to the uninitiated. While the pirates want to explain how to live their lives doing just what they want, it becomes clear that they would welcome the caring family life available to young Jeremy.
The singing and comedy is nonstop from beginning to end, and the entire cast seems to be having as much fun as the audience. The action is very family friendly and enjoyable to all ages. Never has such an inept gang of pirates been assembled just for the enjoyment of the audience.
Visually, the production is outstanding, with the central set piece being a real pirate ship that managed to sail onto The Prizery stage just for the event. Designed and built by Marshall Slayton and a crew of master carpenters and decorated by Ron Miller with the help of other local artists, the ship creates a setting that makes it easy for patrons to escape for a little while for a real adventure.
Jenny Bogart has completed the effect with colorful and realistic costumes for the entire crew.
There are two final opportunities for aspiring pirates to join the crew. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. There is even a luncheon following Saturday’s performance for young buccaneers and their parents. There is still time to dig up that favorite eye patch, peg leg and parrot and join the fun. If some folks feel they are a little too old for dress up, they can just come as regular landlubbers. They will have a great time just the same.
Tickets are available from The Prizery box office or online at prizery.com. Adult tickets are $12 and students are $7. Tickets for Saturday’s luncheon are only $5 per person. So weigh anchor on the old land yacht, load up your favorite crew and sail on down to The Prizery and tie up for a couple of hours of rollicking adventure. The whole crew will be glad they came.