Reenacting scenes from favorite Disney animated films. Creating superheroes or evil villains–one of the early adapters of cosplay before the word cosplay became a part of the vernacular. And pirate play. The sword carrying, dagger swiping adventures that put Captain Jack Sparrow to shame. This was the Walter Mitty life of my son Jonathan. He loved being a pirate and sailing his two pirate ships…One the S.S. Lego and the other the Hispaniola…on the imaginary seas of his mind.
Theater has given him the opportunity to continue on in his swashbuckling ways. In high school, he was the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. I’ll never forget him bursting through the door after a rehearsal searching for his dad and I, calling out our names, “Mom…Dad…where are you?…I get a sword! I GET A SWORD!” No wimpy plastic thing…no, the fight choreographer entrusted him with his real practice saber, a weapon the professionals use when fighting on stage. The sword was mightier than being the lead.
Jonathan has continued his “pirate play” well into adulthood. He plundered and “arghed” as a part of the pirate ensemble and, in a dramatic moment, was murdered by Long John Silver in one production of Treasure Island…
And was Dr. Livesey, a pirate-fighting English gentleman in another adaptation of Treasure Island.
So you can imagine the excitement around here for Talk Like A Pirate Day this Thursday, September 19th! To know that there are others out there who share in the fantasy of pirate life and fellow imaginarians who are willing to “Yo ho!” right along with you. To celebrate, we’re joining our friends at Penelope and the Purple Pirate’s Talk Like a Pirate Celebration from Legoland and we’re bringing our own brand of pirate plunder to giveaway with the rest of Penelope’s treasure. Click the image for the event page…and we’ll see you there…if ye dare.