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How I Became a Pirate Younger@Part®

30 Minutes
Younger@Part®
2 Leads, 12 Featured Roles, Ensemble
Elementary Schools & Youth Programs

Overview

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE Younger@Part® is the authorized 30 minute edition of the TYA musical for elementary schools and youth theatres (grades 2 – 5). Through a series of workshops with industry professionals and actual kids, the Younger@Part® musicals are tailor-made for younger actors. Song keys are changed where needed, songs and scenes are edited for time and content, while keeping the spirit of the original show intact. There are great parts for girls, boys and can feature any size ensemble/chorus, who are featured throughout the show.

Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands 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 learns that adventuring can be lots of fun, but love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map. Your elementary school-age cast will love flaunting their pirate swagger in this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure!

Each Younger@Part® title comes complete with Performance Tracks, Guide Vocal Tracks, Director’s Guide, 30 Student Scripts and more with an affordable Performance License package.

Casting & Production

Casting

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

2 lead roles, 12 featured roles, and an expandable pirate ensemble

NOTE: All casting is gender-flexible

JEREMY JACOB (or JESSICA JACOB) – a kid

BRAID BEARD – the Pirate Captain, with a “braided beard” on his chin

SWILL THE PIRATE – wears wire-rim eyeglasses – philosophical – intellectual – gets blamed for everything that goes wrong

SHARKTOOTH THE PIRATE – foreboding – scowling grin – wears a patch on eye – but yet – a “sensitive guy”

PIRATE PIERRE – talks with a French accent – the ship’s cook – enjoys fine French cuisine

MAX THE PIRATE – wears a stuffed parrot on his shoulder; the others don’t have the heart to tell him that it’s not real

PIRATE SEYMOUR BRAUNSCHWAGGER – a Pirate First Mate

PIRATE SCURVY DOG – a Pirate Second Mate – with a tendency to “bark”

MOM – Jeremy’s mother; can double as a Pirate

DAD – Jeremy’s father; can double as a Pirate

BLUNDER BESS – member of Braid Beard’s Pirate crew, MAD-EYE MATEY – member of Braid Beard’s Pirate crew, AYE AYE EILEEN – member of Braid Beard’s Pirate crew, WALKER DEE PLANK – member of Braid Beard’s Pirate crew. If your cast exceeds 14 actors, add as many additional pirates as you like. Divide the existing lines of the play and pick from the names below.

Music & Materials

Accompaniment CD

Piano-Vocal Score

Credits

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE Younger@Part®

Book, Music and Lyrics by JANET YATES VOGT AND MARK FRIEDMAN

Based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” Written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon

Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. HOW I BECAME A PIRATE received its world premiere at First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

Upcoming Productions

Sep 07, 2023Sep 07, 2024
Brookwood School
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Oct 30, 2023Oct 30, 2024
Le Grand Union Elementary School
Le Grand, CA
Jun 2929, 2024
Wayne Township Community Theatre
Indianapolis, IN

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Resources

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