Theatre in the Square’s Theatre for Youth production for the 2010-11 season, How I Became a Pirate, by Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers, is based on the award-winning, best selling children’s book by the same title written by Melinda Young and illustrated by David Shannon. How I Became a Pirate opens Tuesday, September 14, at 10 a.m. on the Alley Stage. Tickets are available at the Box Office by calling 770-422-8369.

While spending an afternoon on North Beach with his family, Jeremy Jacob realizes that his mom is too distracted with his new baby sister to see his amazing sandcastle that is under attack by pirate figurines. However, a group of real pirates, lead by Captain Braid Beard come ashore, take note of Jeremy’s exceptional digging skills and ask him to come on board and join the crew as a digger. Jeremy enjoys the pirate life filled with a lack of table manners and an opposition to changing diapers, until there is no one to kiss him and tuck him in at night. The Pirates, Captain Braid Beard (Brad Raymond), Jacque LaToe (David Howard), Millicent “Milt” Skeeter (Allison Murphey), Stubby Barbossa (Nick Arapoglou), and Wheezing McGee(Jimi Kocina), teach Jeremy (Jeremy Ledbetter) how to talk like a pirate and Jeremy teaches them about soccer.

How I Became a Pirate includes colorful songs like “Talk Like a Pirate”, “Pirates Never Tuck You In” and “The Treasure song” each sung to the tune classic kid’s songs. The show features a multicultural cast of Atlanta actors. Director Clint Thornton says the one hour production will be “thrilling, suspenseful, joyful, and hopefully exhilarating.”

Other members of the production team that will be dropping anchor for How I Became a Pirate include music director Bryan Mercer, sound designer Thom Jenkins, set designer Seamus M. Bourne, costume designer Lindsey Paris and props designer Lindsay Moore.

Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 10 a.m. (with 12 noon performances on select weekdays) and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. September 14 through October 10. On Saturday, September 19, for International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Theatre in the Square invites guests to come dressed like pirates and enjoy fun activities like making pirate hats and a “tattoo” parlor. Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Alley Stage lobby.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children and are available at the Theatre in the Square Box Office by calling 770-422-8369. Discount rates for are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 770-422-8369 x29. Theatre in the Square is located off of historic Marietta Square at 11 Whitlock Ave.

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