‘How I Became a Pirate,’ opening on Sept. 29

Kathryn Jordan, Features Writer 

Samford’s College of the Arts has a good season planned this academic year, beginning with Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman’s “How I Became a Pirate. ” It is the tale of Jeremy Jacob, a boy who is hand-picked by Captain Braid Beard and his pirate crew to help them dig for buried treasure.

Although “How I Became a Pirate” may be an adaption of a children’s book, cast member Madison Merkel is adamant in that this play is not just for kids.

The sophomore theatre for youth major remembers when college-aged students have seen the play’s rehearsals, “They’re just laughing and having such a good time because it’s such a fun show.”

The crew is three weeks into rehearsals, and the cast has grown close due to the layout of the play.

Merkel’s favorite part of this process is “building the community within our cast, because it’s a very ensemble-driven show. While Jeremy Jacob is the protagonist, and Captain Braid Beard is the captain of the ship, all the other pirates work together and there are moments where each pirate shines.”

Behind the antics of Jeremy Jacob and, Captain Braid Beard, and his crew, the play has a big heart.

Merkel said, “it’s just a beautiful story about community and friendship and I’ve loved finding those moments within our rehearsals.”

Public performances of “How I Became a Pirate,” are in the Harrison Theatre Sept. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

 

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