April 1, 2010
Tickets are still available for Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre for Young Audiences production, "How I Became a Pirate," to be featured one weekend only: Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. OBU theatre will present the Oklahoma premiere of the play in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall.
The production is suitable for children of all ages and anyone young at heart. The performance will be directed by Laura Byland, associate professor and director of theatre who designed OBU's Theatre for Young Audiences, and Dr. Joyce Spivey Aldridge, OBU associate professor of theatre. OBU's Theatre for Young Audiences attracts about 2,300 Shawnee-area students who attend matinee performances.
The role of young pirate Jeremy Jacob is shared by Micah Swedberg, a seventh-grade student from Shawnee Middle School, and Graham Griffin, a seventh-grade homeschool student. The cast includes Eric Gay, a 2009 OBU graduate, playing Braid Beard; Chad Lawson, a resident of Meeker, Okla., playing Max; Katie Tyner, a senior theatre major from Moore, Okla., playing Scurvy Dog; Lacy Hutchinson, a senior theatre major from Longview, Texas, playing Swill; Elliott Freeman, a junior anthropology major from Paola, Kan., playing Seymour; Joy Fait, a sophomore theatre major from Arvada, Colo., playing Pierre; and Trevor Mastin, a sophomore theatre major from Shawnee, playing Sharktooth.
The play, "How I Became a Pirate," is based on the children's book by teacher and author Melinda Long. It was crafted by Long; Janet Vogt, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservator of Music; and Mark Friedman, a professional vocalist, actor and musician.
Tickets are on sale for $8 for adults, $6 for students and $2 for children under age 12. Located in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center, the OBU Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call (405) 878-2347.