PCHS play provides family entertainment

By BROOKE J. WOOD

brooke@southwesttimes.com

“How I Became a Pirate,” a play based on a series of children’s books by Melinda Long and David Shannon, has had Pulaski County’s elementary school students laughing and clapping all week.

Staged at Pulaski County High School’s Little Theatre by the advanced theatre arts class, the play is centered around Jeremy Jacob. According to the storyline, Jeremy is building a sand castle on the beach when he spots a pirate ship. He soon joints the pirate crew and begins an adventure shared over four separate books.

“This is pure family entertainment,” says Jeff McCoy, theatre arts director at PCHS.

Students from Critzer, Riverlawn, Pulaski and Dublin elementary schools visited Little Theatre on different days this week. Five more performances for the community will be held between Friday and Sunday. Since school is closed Friday, there will be a 3 p.m. performance in Little Theatre that day. Performances, at 2 and 7 p.m., will be held both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 each.

All 16 students in McCoy’s advanced drama class are in the play. Since the play only calls for eight cast members, students are alternating between cast and stage or technical responsibilities.

“It’s a fun show. We’re all energized by the play and ready to get into it each time,” explains student Taylor Sink. The class has been practicing the play for a month.

“I’m having the time of my life playing a 7-year-old boy,” says Mackenzie Landreth, one of two students portraying Jeremy Jacob.

Along with Landreth and Sink, the cast also includes Logan Woodrum (also playing Jeremy), Jeanette Reed, Cheala Johnson, Grace Hurst, Louisa Paulson, Norman Montgomery, Addie Levy, Genesis Wilson, Morgan Cade, Jade Serrano, Hannah Altizer, Caleb Turpin, Mariah White and Ashlyn Peloquin.

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