CHAMPAIGN — If you're looking for plays suitable for young children, the Parkland Theatre has one opening this week.
The musical "How I Became a Pirate," based on the award-winning bestselling children's book of the same title, by Melinda Long, will open Thursday and run through Oct. 12.
The running time for "How I Became a Pirate," recommended for ages 4 and up, is about an hour. After each show, children in the audience will be invited on stage to meet the cast and choose a piece of treasure from the pirate's chest to take home.
The theater gave this synopsis of the play:
"Digging in the sand at North Beach, young Jeremy Jacob is greeted by Capt. Braid Beard and his mates and recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure.
"After boarding the ship, Jeremy meets the pirate crew, who share with him the ins and outs of a pirate's life at sea. They instruct him on how to talk like a pirate and teach him pirate manners and etiquette, or the lack thereof. In turn, Jeremy shares with them what a typical kid's day is like and the wondrous game of soccer."
Kyla A. Thomas directs a cast that includes Kyle Klein as young Jeremy Jacob and David Heckman as Capt. Beard. Rounding out the pirate crew are David Dillman, Ashley Johnson, Andrew Lee, Paula Lyding, Maggie O'Brien and Teri Sturdyvin.
"Audiences will be invited to jump aboard our pirate ship and learn all about what it takes to be a pirate," Thomas said in a news release. "From buried treasure to swabbing the deck to talkin' pirate, this will be an exciting and entertaining adventure for everyone."
The performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Oct. 10-12, along with matinees at 3 p.m. next Sunday and Oct. 12.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens 55 and older, $8 for youths 12 and younger and $10 each for groups of 15 or more.
Opening night will be "pay what you can night," and tickets will be half-price Oct. 10. Reservations are encouraged and may be made at http://www.parkland.edu/theatre or by calling 351-2528. Parents with questions may email email@example.com.