Meet Tara Martinson, who is performing as Max in How I Became a Pirate. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how she’s developing her character, and why you should take a chance on this show! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?
TM: It looked like a fun, fast and entertaining show and I love performing in the Mainly For Kids productions! It’s also nice that the book this is based on is really popular, so you know there is going to be a lot of interest.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with How I Became a Pirate can you tell us about the show?
TM: A group of Pirates get lost while looking for a place to bury their treasure and meet a young boy, who is skilled in sand manipulation, and recruit him to join their merry group! They sail off into the wild blue yonder to find the perfect spot to bury the chest of treasure.
LA: What is your pirate name? How did your character get this pirate name?
TM: I’m Max. Just Max. No one knows for sure where the name came from, but I’m guessing my parents had been hoping for a boy! My parrot is Petey…it’s cliché, but it works.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
TM: This cast is awesome! There is a lot of talent in this cast. There is a lot of laughter…we are really having a wonderful time! I’m impressed by the support given to those of us that don’t consider ourselves ‘singers!’ And also by the’non-singers’ willingness to give their role and songs everything they’ve got. Plus, Alec Fisher, who plays Jeremy Jacob, is amazing!!!
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of How I Became a Pirate
TM: The energy of the cast is pretty awesome!
LA: What is your favorite pirate movie?
TM: Who has just 1 favorite pirate movie??? Let’s see…’The Princess Bride,’ ‘Goonies,’’ The Muppet Treasure Island,’ and ‘Blackbeard’s Ghost,’ to name a few.
LA: What is the best pirate job to have and why?
TM: Captain. Then you can order everyone else to do all the work!
LA: What is your favorite song from How I Became a Pirate and why?
TM: All the songs are so much fun! “Talk Like a Pirate” takes a slight lead, because it’s my song, and there is a nice reggae beat to it!
LA: What is your favorite pirate word/slang/phrase?
TM: Avast. I just like the sound of it!