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Omaha Theater Company’s How I Became a Pirate Sets Sail Feb. 24 at Eisenhower

January 29, 2013 | By Laura Sullivan
Director, Marketing and Communications
UNIVERSITY PARK (Tuesday, Jan. 29) — Best-selling author Melinda Long’s swashbuckling treasure hunt How I Became a Pirate comes to the stage in an Omaha Theater Company musical production for children. Send your young adventurers on a journey through the high seas at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $15 for an adult, $8 for a University Park student and $15 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Spellbinding storytelling, irresistible songs and bold choreography combine to tell the tale of young Jeremy Jacob and his encounter with Captain Braid Beard. The story brims with adventure as the lad embarks on a quest for buried treasure and learns about pirate customs.

“One of the things that pirates represent for kids is a life free from care, a life of giddy abandon, where you can do whatever you want,” said the show’s director Rob Urbinati. “I want Pirate to have that kind of exuberance, and that’s what I want the audience — both children and adults — to experience.”

Award-winning composers, lyricists and playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman adapted the book for the stage.

One of the oldest, largest and most respected children’s theatrical organizations in the United States, Omaha Theater Company was founded in 1949.

McQuaide Blasko Endowment sponsors the presentation. MAJIC 99 is the media sponsor. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place in Eisenhower one hour before the show. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania provides a pirate activity sure to spark creativity, curiosity and imagination. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.

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