As a performer with First Stage Children’s Theater, I was fortunate to visit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for our annual end-of-season performance there. And what a show it was! The production is called “How I Became A Pirate.”
We left the Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center in downtown Milwaukee in our costumes and five of us “pirates” rode in my dad’s van. It was particularly amusing to pass people on the street who noticed a van full of pirates. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the staff at Children’s Hospital couldn’t have been more gracious and friendly. They joked with us about how we probably didn’t need to wear visitor passes because we would be fairly easy to identify.
We were taken to the auditorium and practiced for a few minutes before the children came in with staff and family members. They were so happy and excited to see us! Keegan Cimler, who played Jeremy Jacob, and I started the show and Keegan and the rest of the cast did a really nice job at keeping us on task in this abbreviated version. We all had a great time during the show, particularly with one little girl sitting right in front of us. She was our biggest fan! Afterward, we stayed for a few minutes and took pictures with some of the children, happy that we could brighten their day.
First Stage Children’s Theater’s production of “How I Became A Pirate” had its final performance in May. Learn more about First Stage’s 2009-2010 season.
–Teddy Warren, First Stage Children’s Theater