Mutiny, sword fights, mayhem, takeovers, romance and a whole lot of humor combined with song and dance can be seen on the Harbor Performing Arts Center stage during the summer musical production of "Lady Pirates of Captain Bree."
This Brookings Harbor Community Theater production, written by Martin Follose with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, is directed by Dori Blodgett and performed in memory of Nathan "Cap'n Nate" Dodgen.
The story begins when the crew of the sailing vessel Kayla May jumps ship upon sighting pirates in the distance on the starboard (the right side facing the bow) side of the boat, leaving Captain Jennings (Todd Pearson) with a crew of prisoners (Daniel Pearson, Kevin Sumner, Diondre Runyan, Joshua Farley, Tony Hobbs and Jeff Holmes); Fergus (Rick DeHaven), a sailor who can't swim, and a cook (Bri Amlin) who only knows how to make meatballs, to protect his passengers from the inevitable attack. One of the male passengers (Edward Nagel) goes so far as to dress as a woman to avoid becoming shark bait.
The lady pirates take over the defenseless Kayla May in a sword fight that leaves only the pirates, led by Captain Bree (Kristin Mitchell), with weapons in hand. The pirates seek the booty aboard the ship, but once they find that the only cargo is passengers, they begin a plot to get rid of people by having them walk the plank.
However, passengers Professor Bidwell (Al Pearson) and Madam Prescot (Lynette McPherson), make a deal with the pirates to avoid becoming slaves. Meanwhile, passenger Julie (Michaela George) has had an aspiration to become a pirate and weasels her way into becoming one of the lady pirates.
After much mayhem, the lady pirates find that the only way they will receive a booty is to send the cabin boy to the British with a ransom note. Of course, this also tips off the British to come to the rescue. Will the rescuers succeed? Will the pirates get away? The audience is in for a surprise.
The pirates are played by Hailey Rogers, Brittney Lawson, Patricia Goodwin, Nadine Pizzi, Katherine McPherson, Jasmin Bisiaux, Satarah Farley and Karen Dillon. Playing members of the British fleet are Tony Hobbs, Jeff Holmes, Brad McPherson and Tom Broock.
This musical includes 14 songs sung by a chorus of actors, all of whom are top notch, and features many solos, as well as a touching duet sung by Todd Pearson and Kristin Mitchell.
Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children and may be purchased at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts and Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor or at the door. For more information or reservations, call 541-469-4700 or 541-661-2473, or visit http://www.brookingsharborcommunitytheater.com. The Harbor Performing Arts Center is in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center.
In addition, members of the cast will be presenting skits from the production during the second Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk. Skits will be presented at 3 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.