However, these pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land.
They’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most-imaginative stories.
WCU Live! is hosting the Story Pirates, a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2004 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. A leading advocate of arts education, Story Pirates started in a school auditorium in Harlem, where a ragtag group of comedians put on a sketch comedy show inspired by stories written by kids.
Since then, Story Pirates has been performing live in front of sellout crowds from coast to coast.
Story Pirates first received national attention in February 2008, when comedian Jon Stewart called them “crazy entertaining” on CNN. They’ve been described as “a mix between School House Rock and Monty Python,” and have received widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times called Story Pirates “theatrical treasure,” and many others dub it one of the best kids shows around.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle, “this smart, silly, irreverent crew provides audiences of all ages, and even crusty old critics, with an infusion of joy and a refreshing dose of the absurd.”
At 2 PM in WCU’s Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, the Story Pirates will perform their wildly hilarious and unpredictable Create-A-Show. In doing so, they will collect audience members’ ideas before and during the show and incorporate them on the spot in an impressive improvisational show that validates the power of imagination.
Guests will laugh at the hilarious suggestions around them, and then watch as the Story Pirates bring even the greatest absurdities to life!
General admission is $10, while tickets for seniors and students are $7.
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