How I Became A Pirate

How I Became A Pirate


Based on the book written by Melinda Long and Illustrated by David Shannon
Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Directed by David & Julie Payne

AARRRRGH!  Who doesn’t want to be a pirate?  When young Jeremy Jacob and his exceptional digging skills are recruited by Captain Braid Beard for treasure burying purposes, Jeremy thinks the pirate life is for him.  Until he realizes that the simple things in life, like a kiss and a warm tucking in at night are those that are most important.  Set sail for a hilarious and toughening journey as Jeremy learns that the most important things in life are worth more than buried treasure.  A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart – a path that can’t be found on any treasure map. READ REVIEWS BELOW

Recommended for grades: Pre K-5, ages 4 and up


Times & Pricing:

10 a.m. and 12 noon performances, most Tuesdays through Fridays
11 a.m. and 1p.m. some Saturdays

No Monday shows on Dec 10

No shows Dec 21 - 25

Mon, Dec 17 - Thurs, Dec 20 - shows at 10am and 12noon

Weekday general admission tickets: $8
Weekend and holiday reserved tickets: $10




"So, this past weekend I finally did it! I took the kids to see How I Became a Pirate the play based on the book written by Melinda Long and Illustrated by David Shannon. My kids’ love going to see shows, but we haven’t been to many that are meant for kids. There was also a little craft fair going on the day of the show so I thought we would stop by and browse through that for a minute or two after the show. How I Became a Pirate was really great! The kids’ had a blast and the show was nice in the way that the kids’ weren’t expected to be silent or sit still."


"If you love the book, you'll go crazy for the show, the songs, Jeremy Jacob, Captain Braidbeard and the whole pirate crew!
My boys were enthralled - my 3 year old watched with mouth agape.  My first grader and his friend came home and read the book. They loved the pirate Shark Tooth.."



How I Became A Pirate Days

"How I Became A Pirate Days" are on these days

  • Saturday, November 3 *
  • Friday, November 23 *
  • Saturday, November 24 *
  • Saturday, December 15 *

Dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate and make pirate hats!

Times & Pricing
Friday and Saturday Shows - 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.;  $10 per person
All "Pirate Day" shows are Reserved Seating


The Arvada Center will also provide fun activity sheets and 'official' pirate temporary tattoos for all!


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"How I Became A Pirate Days" at The Arvada Center are on these days - Nov 3, Nov 23, Nov 24, and Dec 15 - dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate, make pirate hats, fun activity sheets and lots of 'official' pirate temporary tattoos for all!


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What others are saying about How I Became A Pirate

3 Responses to “Patron Voices: How I Became A Pirate”

  1. Sheila
    February 9th, 2012 | 9:42 pm

    Oh my goodness!! This was SO good! My husband doesn’t like the theater and he really enjoyed this! Even my one year old girl sat thru it, watching and enjoying it as well! And of course both of our boys gad a great time! Definitely would recommend this!! And I wish there was a soundtrack too (hint, hint!)!!!

  2. Elizabeth
    February 10th, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Saw this show yesterday! What a gem! Highly recommend it for all kids and adults. I think the adults in the audience were laughing more than the kids! I was in tears with the “Sensitive Guy” song… Yes Sheila – there definitely should be a sound track! I immediately called my girlfriend this morning so she can go with me and kiddo and her 2 kids on Saturday, again. Well worth a second showing! GREAT show Arvada Center! And I LOVE how the pirates are out in the audience too! SO FUN!!

  3. Kelly
    February 15th, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Cute to boot! I really enjoyed this show. Great for all ages. Sounded really good, too. Nice job!


2012 Accessible Performances

Shadowed - Nov 8 & 9  at 10 a.m. and  12 p.m.

Audio Described - Nov 6 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Throughout the school year, the Arvada Center offers several performances of this unique art form so children with special needs can enjoy and participate in live theater alongside their peers.

Shadow-interpreted theater utilizes specially trained American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to perform as “shadows” on stage alongside actors. Shadow theater marries sign language with choreographed movement, allowing the sign language to become a seamless part of the theater experience.  In this way, audience members who are deaf, hard of hearing or language delayed can simultaneously see and “hear” the complete theater performance in the same way as hearing audiences.  Shadow theater is also enjoyed by hearing audiences as an innovative art form and educational opportunity.  Similar to watching a film with subtitles, viewers benefit from a rich bilingual experience and gain an appreciation for another language.

Hope you can join us for this very special production!