This coming Saturday, I get to return to a bit of stage with the Pirate Raid at the main library here in Memphis. If you are in the area, please come out for the festivities. As an appe-teaser, let’s just say that the battle between the buccaneers for Fortune and Glory and the enforcer for Capt. Hook will be served with a lot of HAM. It is going to be quite the show.
Now that I have said that, let’s take a little look behind the curtain if you will. Just what does it take to put on a show like this? First of all, there are the costumes. Some are far more difficult than others, but they are all a lot of work. Not only do they have to look the part, but the actors have to be able to move and work effectively in them. Next, there are all the props. All of that stuff comes from somewhere. You don’t get to see the hours of hauling and setting up. The “Glamorous Side of the Business” as I like to call it.
Finally, there is the acting and maybe even a bit action. Most of the players you will meet have been playing their characters for years and do them with practiced ease. However, this time, there will be a sword fight. What you get to see will be a short, entertaining, and hopefully thrilling bit of theatrics. What you didn’t get the see was the weeks of practice. The scripting of every single move, every single foot step. You don’t get to see all of the sore muscles and bruised knuckles as the actors learn the choreography. You don’t get to see the sweat of trying to get it right changing to the elation of knowing the show is going to be fabulous.
Come and enjoy the show. We have put a lot of heart and sweat into making it look seamless and natural. And yes, those swords really do hurt 🙂
September 23rd Pirates Raid at the Benjamin Hooks Main Library
From 11 am – 2 pm
October 6th to 8th at ConraFlow (convention in Kenner, LA.)