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HOW I BECAME A PIRATE MUSICAL SETS SAIL FEB. 24

Best-selling author Melinda Long's swashbuckling treasure hunt How I Became a Pirate comes to the stage in an Omaha Theater Company musical production for children. Send your young adventurers on a journey through the high seas at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Spellbinding storytelling, irresistible songs, and bold choreography combine to tell the tale of young Jeremy Jacob and his encounter with Captain Braid Beard. The story brims with adventure as the lad embarks on a quest for buried treasure and learns about pirate customs.

Tickets are $15 for an adult, $8 for a University Park student, and $15 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX.

Read our How I Became a Pirate feature, in which State College children's book author Martha Freeman lends insight into the story.

"One of the things that pirates represent for kids is a life free from care, a life of giddy abandon, where you can do whatever you want," says the show's director Rob Urbinati. "I want Pirate to have that kind of exuberance, and that's what I want the audience — both children and adults — to experience."

One of the oldest, largest, and most respected children's theatrical organizations in the United States, Omaha Theater Company was founded in 1949.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place in Eisenhower one hour before the show. Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania provides a pirate activity sure to spark creativity, curiosity, and imagination. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.

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