“How I Became a Pirate” is a musical about Jeremy Jacob (Jessica Jacob), finding a band of pirates washed up onto her beach. The cast includes;
Jeremy or Jessica Jacob, the little boy/girl who the musical is centered around
Captain Braidbeard, the captain of the pirates
Swill, an intellectual pirate who gets blamed for everything that goes wrong
Sharktooth, the meanest pirate in all the seven seas… or so you think until he reveals his soft side
Max, a pirate who thinks a stuffed parrot, is a real one
Seymour Braunschwagger, Captain Braidbeards finest man
Pirate Pierre, a french pirate
Scurvy Dog, a scurvy pirate who is a dog/human mix
“How I Became a Pirate” was one of the three fall musicals at The Culture House. There were two casts for “Willy Wonka Jr.”, one being directed by Lana Jensen, and the other Micah Yantis. “How I Became a Pirate” was directed by Kelley Reitmeier, and the vocal director was Andi Fredrickson.
While I was in “How I Became a Pirate”, I played Sharktooth. Sharktooth was a special character because of his different personalities. The whole entire first act of the show was when Sharktooth was a bad pirate… or so everyone thought. Right before the first act was over, Sharktooth performed his solo number “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy” where he explained how he had true, real feelings in life, and wasn’t just a mean pirate.
Playing Sharktooth was a lot of fun! Rehearsals for the leads were from 5:00- 8-8:30 on Mondays and rehearsals for everyone were on Fridays from 4:00- 8:00, at The Culture House performing arts. Rehearsals were jam-packed with learning choreography, songs, blocking, and memorizing lines. There was a dinner break in the middle of every Friday rehearsal. At the beginning of rehearsals, the cast of “How I Became a Pirate” and “Willy Wonka Jr.” got to eat dinner together, but due to loud talking, running around, and screaming, the casts were split up.
“How I Became a Pirate” and “Willy Wonka Jr.” were performed at YouthFront Auditorium. When you arrived at YouthFront, you have an adrenaline rush like no other. The green room smells like hairspray and sweat, and there are people everywhere putting stage make up on and waiting for their parents to bring them food.
Here is the song I sang by myself in the show, “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy”: