The Spring Valley Stagehands cast for “How I Became a Pirate” includes Lori Peterson, Jae Anderson, Matt Summers, Wade Gardner, Dee Roesler; front row: Jade DuMond, Ezra Sauve and Carter Turner. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY -- The Spring Valley Stagehands are making a return to the stage with veteran Ann Turner’s direction of “How I Became a Pirate.”

Jeremy Jacob's day at the beach with his family is interrupted when a pirate ship sails into view, skull and crossbones flying. Soon Captain Braid Beard and his band of comical pirates land ashore looking for an expert digger to join their crew. They enlist young Jeremy Jacob as they look for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. 

The Stagehands strongly suggest that all patrons wear a mask at all times inside the theater. Hand sanitizing stations will be located at the entrance and in the restrooms, and all hard services inside the building will be cleaned after every performance.
Seating will be limited to 50% of capacity and patrons are asked to sit in family pods with good spacing between groups.


Jeremy is instructed on how to talk like a pirate and schooled in 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. 

This musical is based upon the children’s book written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon. The  cast includes Ezra Suave (Jeremy Jacobs); Matt Summers (Braid Beard, the Pirate Captain, a  man of girth with a “braided beard” on his chin); Jae Anderson (Max, with her stuffed parrot Petey on her shoulder); Dee Roesler (Seymour Braunschwagger, the trusted first mate); Jade  DuMond (Pierre, the ship’s cook and expert in French cooking); Carter Turner (Scurvy Dog –  second mate, with a tendency to bark); Lori Peterson (Swill, a philosophical intellectual  blamed for everything that goes wrong); and Wade Gardner (Sharktooth, the most feared pirate in all the seven seas, who’s really just a sensitive guy). 

Shows are Oct. 1, 2, 7 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 3, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m, at the Stagehands Theatre, S234 McKay Ave.  Tickets are available to reserve by calling the theater at 715-778-4475 or can be purchased at the door.  

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