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King University News :: King University Theatre to Present "How I Became a Pirate" at Paramount April 18-20

King University Theatre brings the musical adventure “How I Became a Pirate” to stage during its annual family-friendly Dogwood Playhouse production, a part of King’s Dogwood Weekend celebration.  “How I Became a Pirate” with book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman is based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” written by Melinda Long and illustrations by David Shannon.  The show will be sailing into the Paramount Center for the Arts on April 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 20 at 2:30 p.m.

“With last spring’s Dogwood production of ‘Frog Toad’ receiving such rave reviews, we wanted to bring back another theatre-for-youth musical,” said Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Performing Visual Arts department and director of the Theatre program for King University.  “‘How I became a Pirate’ is a story of adventure and finding one’s own heart – a path that can’t be found on any treasure map.” 

Based on the popular children’s book, “How I Became a Pirate” tells the tale of Jeremy Jacob, a ten year old boy who joins a pirate crew and goes on an adventure of a lifetime.  Captain Braid Beard and his jolly crew need a talented digger to help them bury their pirate treasure.  They spot Jeremy Jacob digging in the sand on North Beach and invite him to join the crew.  Jeremy Jacob accepts and learns not only from the crew all about being a pirate but also learns that the pirate life isn’t like life at home.  After braving a scary storm at sea, Jeremy Jacob is happy to return to North Beach to keep watch over his new friends’ treasure in his own backyard.

The musical is directed by Elizabeth Lee Dollar.  Musical direction is by Debra Alonzo, lecturer in Music for King University, and senior Samantha Salyers.  Scenic design is by Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King, and junior Dyvon Passmore, lighting design is by junior Trung Phan, costume design is by senior De-Anda Hatfield, and properties design is by senior Jesse Thomas.  The production stage manager is sophomore Katie Marlowe.  The cast includes Bristol resident Daniel Osborne as Jeremy Jacob, senior Chip Hanks (Braid Beard), sophomore Wayne Thomas (Swill), senior Jenson Lavallee (Sharktooth), sophomore Josh Bartosch (Pierre), senior Tinsley Long (Max), freshman Cameron Sale (Seymour), senior Glory Allison (Scurvy Dog), and freshman Bryant Barnes, sophomore Andrew Woods (Pirate Crew), and special guest William Dollar (Pirate Crew).

Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Box Office, by calling 423-274-8920, or by going to  Adult tickets are $10.00, senior citizens are $8.00, and students are $5.00.  Tickets are free with a King University ID.  For additional information, contact Elizabeth Lee Dollar at 423.652.4839.


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