A young pirate crew will make port in Osgoode this February, bringing a touch of the exotic to the dead of winter.
Twenty-four youth from grades 3 to 9 will run the gamut from pirate rogue to reputable navy captain in Pirates of the Curry Bean, playing at Osgoode Public School on Feb. 7 and 8.
The musical is presented by Stage!, a children’s theatre based in Osgoode village. While founders Christina Leese and Kerri Rossiter usually write their own material, this time they purchased the rights to the British musical comedy written by Craig Hawes.
Leese said the story captures the imagination immediately - and is especially fun for the kids on stage.
“Kids love playing that kind of role,” she said. “It’s the ultimate dress-up. Pirates are rough and gruff. The kids could really let their imaginations go.”
The play follows young siblings Jack and Liza Periwinkle, who yearn for adventure. When they find a real life treasure map, they set sail with their cat for adventure on the high seas, and end up on the island of Lumbago in the sea of Sciatica.
There, they meet swashbuckling pirates from the pirate ship Curry Bean, loveable rogues Scuttle and Slack, and the sailors of the king’s navy on the HMS Crunchy Frog.
“It’s based on ye olde England,” Leese said, who added that rehearsing for the play has doubled as a history lesson for the kids, who have countless questions about the time of real pirates.
She said the play is one of the most complex the organization has ever attempted.
“This is a very complicated play compared to others we’ve approached,” Leese said. “Timing’s really important; there will be jokes and banter between actors. It’s hard enough with adults let alone with kids.”
Leese is confident the complexity will only make the performance better.
“We’ve got a good crew, literally. We’ve got some really good talent,” she said.
Tickets are $5 at the door or through Rossiter, who can be reached at 613-826-0725. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances begin at 7 p.m.
For more information visit stageonline.ca.