Meet Joe Rand who is performing in How I Became a Pirate

Headshot_JosephRand_135x135Meet Joe Rand, who is performing as Sharktooth  in How I Became a Pirate. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how he’s developing his character, and why you should take a chance on this show! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?

JR: I really like working on the kids shows. We have so much fun goofing around and playing while we are presenting our shows.  They are a chance to be over the top for the benefit of the kids in the audience. 

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with How I Became a Pirate can you tell us about the show?

JR: It’s a great adaptation of the children’s book.  There’s a ton of great music, in varied styles, so everyone will enjoy a part of it.  There is a great cast of very different characters that you will fall in love with.

LA: What is your pirate name? How did your character get this pirate name?

JR:I play Sharktooth, the oldest and meanest Pirate. I imagine Sharktooth gets his name from the sharktooth necklace he wears.  Legend has it that when he was just a young boy, Sharktooth’s mother fell overboard and was almost devoured by a shark, until he dove in and wrestled with the shark until it let go, but not before he took one of its teeth, and the shark, one of Sharktooth’s legs.

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at? 

JR: They are all extremely talented.  Many of us have worked together on kids’ productions in the past, so it’s alike a big reunion and playtime during rehearsal.

LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of How I Became a Pirate

JR: The lyrics to the songs are very funny, and the music is great!  The characters each have a personal story that comes thorugh in the show.

LA: What is your favorite pirate movie? 

JR:I have always wanted to be Peter Pan, especially in the movie Hook!  I would love to be young forever and be able to fly!

LA: What is the best pirate job to have and why?

JR: Sharktooth’s!  He just roams around the ship all day and tells others what to do because he’s the oldest and wisest!

LA: What is your favorite song from How I Became a Pirate and why?

JR: I am partial to my song, I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy! However, I think my next favorite is Pirates Dot Aargh! because I think it is very clever and funny.

LA: What is your favorite pirate word/slang/phrase?

JR:Flibber the Gibbet! (Pronounced: flib-er the jib-ette)  Just because it sounds funny.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

JR: This is my 4th production on stage at Lyric, and my 3rd kids show. It feels like home here, and its great to work with actors who have become friends! Currently I work for 4-H as the Program Coordinator in Sherburne County.  I have been dancing and singing since I was very young, and have always loved theater.  I have a BA in Public Communication from UW-Eau Claire as well as a Minor in Dance.

Meet Tara Martinson who is performing in How I Became a Pirate

Headshot_TaraMartinsen_135x135Meet 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!

Meet Megan Ward who is performing in How I Became a Pirate

Headshot_MeganWard_135x135Meet Megan Ward, who is performing as Scurvy Dog the Pirate  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?

MW:I just love the book, as a former Pre-K teacher I read it to the kids and they LOVED it, I really wanted to be a part of that, plus I wanted to work with Kris and Laura again!

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with How I Became a Pirate can you tell us about the show?

MW: Jeremy Jacob is a young boy who gets noticed for his digging skills by a pirate crew, they ask him to join their crew and the adventure begins!  They teach each other about the lives they lead and have a lot of pirate fun!

LA: What is your pirate name? How did your character get this pirate name?

MW: My pirate is named Scurvy Dog, and scurvy has an ailment… she barks after everything she says, so the other pirates started calling her Scurvy Dog

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?

MW: All of the pirates are great, but I am particularly amazed by Alec who plays Jeremy Jacob! He is such a pro at such a young age!

LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of How I Became a Pirate

MW: The soccer game on the ship is pretty cool!

LA: What is your favorite pirate movie? 

MW: Muppet Treasure Island! I just love the twist on the classic tale!

LA: What is the best pirate job to have and why?

MW: Driving the boat for sure! It’s easy and rewarding!

LA: What is your favorite song from How I Became a Pirate and why?

MW: Read the Map, because I love the Gilbert and Sullivan essence to it!

LA: What is your favorite pirate word/slang/phrase?

MW:You hornswaggling Scurcy Dog give me back me cutlass!!!

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

MW: I am an activity coordinator for Walker Plaza right here in Anoka, it’s a wonderfully rewarding job! I am also mom to a precocious 11 year old who keeps me on my toes. I love to be on stage and am thrilled to get the chance whenever I can!

"How I Became A Pirate" Cast List Announced!

Congrats to all of those cast in How I Became A Pirate, this spring's Mainly for Kids production at Lyric Arts! Come see them perform April 20-28, 2013 on the Main Street Stage.

Cast List

JEREMY JACOB - Alec Fisher

BRAID BEARD - Tom Bengston

SWILL THE PIRATE - Nate Otto

SHARKTOOTH THE PIRATE - Joe Rand

PIRATE PIERRE - Dan Liska

MAX THE PIRATE - Tara Martinsen 

PIRATE SCURVY DOG - Megan Ward

PIRATE SIMONE BRAUNSCHWAGGER - Anna Esposito

ARRRRGH DOO WOPS: Brielle Carmichael, Christy Nix, Rebekah Olson