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Pirates take stage at Market House

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

The Market House Theatre is preparing for a pirate invasion.

A singing crew of buccaneers will storm the theater's main stage starting tonight in a production of "How I Became a Pirate," based on the popular children's book of the same name.

"This show is the perfect family show," director April Cochran said. "The humor is going to sail over the heads of kids, and the adults are going to love it. The kids will love it because it's bright and colorful, and what's not to love about a pirate?"

She hopes to tap into that pirate appeal by making the show an immersive experience. The lobby will be decked out in pirate decor, and both children and adults are encouraged to show up in their best pirate garb, which will qualify them to have a picture taken with the cast after the show. Even those who don't have an eye patch or parrot handy will take home pirate treasure after the performance, Cochran said.

"Deep down, we're all pirates," she added with a smile.

The story follows a young boy named Jeremy Jacob, played by Travis Trimble, who is recruited by the friendly Capt. Braid Beard, played by Cason Walden, and his crew of wacky mates as they search for the perfect place to bury their treasure.

"The show's just really upbeat and funny," said Walden, an 18-year-old Paducahan who's been involved in the theater since first grade. "My character's tons of fun to play."

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. today and Friday and March 6-7. Matinee performances are at 2:30 p.m. March 1-2 and 8-9. Tickets cost $8 for kids 12 and younger and $14 for adults. They can be purchased by phoning the theater at 270-444-6828 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by visiting www.mhtplay.com.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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