How I Became a Pirate

Sail off on a fantastic excursion when a band of comical pirates land at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob as they look for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map. The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure.

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Performance Times:
7:00 PM Fridays; 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
School Matinees:
9:30 AM & Noon, Tuesdays, Apr. 25 & May 2, 2023
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre
Run Time:
Content Advisory:
Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.


  • Pirate Seymour Braunschwagger

    Steve Betz

    Pirate Seymour Braunschwagger
  • Max the Pirate

    Payton Boesch

    Max the Pirate
  • Pirate Pierre

    Mary Bricker

    Pirate Pierre
  • Pirate Scurvy Dog

    Maddie Davis

    Pirate Scurvy Dog
  • Jeremy Jacob (shared role)

    Charlotte Rempe

    Jeremy Jacob (shared role)
  • Jeremy Jacob (shared role)

    Isabella Rempe

    Jeremy Jacob (shared role)
  • Braid Beard

    Cody Schug

    Braid Beard
  • Sharktooth the Pirate

    Brett Spahr

    Sharktooth the Pirate
  • Swill the Pirate

    Robert Uy

    Swill the Pirate
  • Tibben

    Franny Winn

  • Director

    Peter Dean

  • Music Director

    Emma Feldhans

    Music Director
  • Choreographer

    Taylor Millar

  • Scenic Designer

    Jay M. Jagim

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Jessica Van Essen

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Virgil Kleinhesselink

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Ellen Harvey

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Greg Millar

    Stage Manager
  • Artistic Director

    Katy Merriman

    Artistic Director

Show Credits

Book, Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman

Based on the book by Melinda Long, Illustrations by David Shannon

Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Presented through special arrangement and will all authorized performance materials supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide,