It’s Time to Sing and Set Sail

Family Programming

‘How to Be a Pirate’ Invites Children on Musical Adventure

For any Southern Nevada children itching to gain their sea legs, The Smith Center will soon present a high seas adventure just for them.

Based on the delightful children’s book by Melinda Long, family show “How I Became a Pirate” offers swashbuckling action, snappy songs and a little dockside dancing.

“I think a lot of kids enjoy pirates because they represent freedom,” says Sally Fiorello, national tour director with the show’s presenter, Dallas Children’s Theater. “They think they can do whatever they want.”

Make no mistake, this kid-friendly show will be no washed-up wreckage.

Likened to the quality of a Broadway production, the musical offers a spectacular set design with mesmerizing costumes and props that will convince children they have truly set sail.

“One thing Dallas Children’s Theater is known for is full-scale, theatrical productions,” Fiorello emphasizes. “We don’t travel with a few costumes and props in a van. We bring scenery the way a Broadway show brings scenery.”

Docking on Stage

“How I Became a Pirate” includes an epic component, Fiorello says: the construction of a large-scale ship across the entire stage, Fiorello says.

This features every rigging and detail audiences would expect, including a poop deck with oversized wheel, a projecting bow and figurehead, and vast working sails that really move up and down.

“The actors get to work on a set that really emulates a ship,” Fiorello says. “It’s a beautiful design based on the old frigates and types of ships we all know about from the movies.”

The company takes every detail of the show seriously, she adds, in order to provide children with a truly captivating introduction to live theater.

“I want kids and their parents and their teachers to walk out of our shows singing the songs, being excited about the content,” Fiorello says. “That’s why we put so much into it. Because we value it.”

A Show for Young Audiences

The third production of The Smith Center’s new Family Series, “How I Became a Pirate” is also one of several shows this school year The Smith Center will present in student matinees for local schools.

The Smith Center is thrilled to also include an evening public performance of the show, to offer community families a chance to experience live theater together.

The show’s ticket prices from $14.95 were set with families in mind, to provide an accessible theater experience for all.

Designed for young audiences, the show also promises a family friendly atmosphere.

“We want children to be able to have a good time and hear a good story, and if they learn something along the way, even better,” Fiorello says.