Forget that today's pirates live in soul-crushing poverty in places like Somalia and occasionally wind up getting shot by U.S. Navy snipers. Who needs grim reality when you can see How I Became a Pirate at Dallas Children's Theater beginning Friday, January 22? The musical, based on the children's pop-up book by Melinda Long and illustrator David Shannon, focuses on the cheerier side of piracy as young Jeremy Jacobs, while digging holes on a beach, attracts the attention of Captain Braid Beard and his tuneful crew, who whisk Jeremy off to a life of freedom on the high seas, where green teeth--no brushing on a galleon--are accepted, there's no babysitting and, best of all, you get to talk like a pirate. Sadly, pirates do NOT tuck you into bed, so piracy has its downside too. Bring the kids for a fun lesson about the joy of saying arrgh at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. The opening night performance is at 7:30 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. showing Saturday January 23. It continues with matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through February 21. For ticket prices call 214-740-0051 or visit dct.org.
Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 23, 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 22. Continues through Feb. 21, 2010