The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, located about 35 miles (an approximately 40-minute drive) from South Bend at 2755 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, will present How I Became a Pirate, an all-ages musical. The performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Tickets are $17.
The Omaha Theater Company will perform the musical comedy, which features a brave young boy named Jeremy Jacob and a jolly pirate captain named Braid Beard. The story is based on the children's book by Melinda Long.
According to TheatricalRights.com, it was adapted for the stage, with original music, by Jane Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. Yates Vogt and Friedman have collaborated on shows including an adaptation of the Canadian children's classic Anne of Green Gables and Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale, the latter of which premiered at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.
At Christmas season 2013, Yates Vogt and Friedman plan to premiere Jingle Aargh the Way: A Christmas Pirate Adventure, a second musical based on Long's book series.
Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate is written for children of around kindergarten-2nd grade age. It was illustrated by David Shannon, who may be best known for his storybook No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book of 1999. How I Became a Pirate was named a Booksense Best Picture Book when it was published in 2003. Long and Shannon followed it up with Pirates Don't Change Diapers, published in 2007.
Call the Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-1221.