Salt Lake Acting Company’s “How I Became a Pirate”

by Rebecca on December 12, 2011

We saw our second play put on by the Salt Lake Acting Company this weekend.  I really am impressed with these guys.  The first SLAC play I saw was The Persian Quarter, a story about the Iranian hostage situation in 1980.  That play had hardly any props and only four actors!  Even with such a heavy topic and lack of action, the intense dialogue and skilled actors really transformed the stage into another world.  My husband and I both loved that play.

After seeing something so serious and adult, I was really excited to see how well SLAC could handle a children’s play.  I wasn’t disappointed!

Lydia and I saw How I Became a Pirate. Apparently, it’s based on a book by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon, but I am lame-o and did not know that until we were there.  Guess what we’ll be looking for the next time we go to the library?!?

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Since I dropped the ball on preparation (you know, actually READING the story we were about to see on stage), I was a little nervous my daughter might not be into the show.

I shouldn’t have worried!

From the opening scene with the pirates singing, hidden in the back (right near us!), to the end of the applause when the actors took questions from the audience, Lydia was mesmerized.

The story is darling: a little boy boards the ship of pirates and learns, well – how to be a pirate!  He learns the lingo, how to steer the ship and how to find the perfect place to bury treasure.  He also teaches the pirates a thing or two about “landlubber” life, starting with how to play soccer.

The dialogue was witty, sprinkled with satirical comments for the adults to appreciate, while still at a level a child can understand.  And the songs and dances were so fun!  I kept finding myself amazed at the great sound produced by just five adult actors and one child actor.  The little kid in this play, Fynn White, has an amazing singing voice!  Amazing!

I love the theater’s building.  It’s an old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church building in a very unassuming neighborhood near the capitol.

And the theater itself is incredibly comfortable.  I have never seen so much legroom in my life.  This world is definitely lacking in good legroom, something I am constantly reminded of as a 5’10″ giant (I know, I know – life is so hard). If you give me good legroom, I’ll follow you home and bake you cookies.

It’s also a small theater, which I love.  We were sitting in the very last row, but still had no problem seeing the entire show.

How I Became a Pirate, put on by the Salt Lake Acting Company, is running until December 30.  They are partnering with the Utah Food Bank and Salt Lake County Services.  If you go, you can bring non-perishable food items, new clothes or toys to donate.

I was given two free tickets for this review, but that certainly didn’t influence me.  The amazing actors, awesome play and whopping amounts of legroom did.

{ 3 comments }

Vanessa December 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

i am glad i gave them your name awhile ago! we are going this week. cannot wait!

Diane Wright December 13, 2011 at 12:38 am

Oh, O wish I were there to go with you and Lydia. Did you take Emma. I love plays and rarely get to go any more. That is one thing about Utah, they are big on the arts. Anyway, that picture of Lydia makes her look so much older. Maybe it’s because she just had a birthday. BTW, I’ve never had a problem with leg room, so I can’t sympathize, but I’m glad you were comfortable.

Linda December 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

I have leg room. Will you follow me home and make cookies?
There is nothing like live theater. Glad you are exposing Lydia and your family to it.

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