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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5:00 PM


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series with Omaha Theater Company’s production of How I Became a Pirate on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2pm. All tickets are $7 and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at

In this new musical based on the best-selling children’s book by Melinda Long, Jeremy’s talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him a place on the crew of Braid Beard’s ship. It’s a grand adventure, indeed, until Jeremy remembers all the things that he left behind. Surely the pirates can be convinced to take him home! Composers/lyrists/playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman join forces with the renowned Omaha Theater Company to bring this swashbuckling treasure hunt to life. How I Became a Pirate is directed by Queens Theater in the Park’s Rob Urbinati. With its unique blend of spellbinding storytelling, irresistible pirate songs, and bold choreography, this production will take audiences on an unforgettable “journey through the high seas.”

The centerpiece of BCBC’s 2012-2013 family programming, the new Target Storybook Series features performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature. In addition to How I Became a Pirate, this series includes The Little Prince (January 27, 2013 at 2pm), and American Family Theater’s Sleeping Beauty (March 10, 2013 at 2pm). The Target Storybook Series aims to encourage the development of strong reading skills at home in children ages four to eight. Each show’s Parents’ Guide, containing literacy-based activity sheets, reading tips, and discussion topics, gives parents the opportunity to engage their children both before and after seeing each show. Parents’ Guides are available for download at All seats for BCBC’s 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series are $7.

In addition to the Target Storybook Series, BCBC will present other family-friendly shows including the holiday favorite The Colonial Nutcracker, Bash the Trash’s Tales of Anansi, and a sing-along screening of the Julie Andrews classic film The Sound of Music. Tickets to other family programs range from free to $30, with a 50% discount available to children 12 and under for select performances.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series is sponsored by Target.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

Online orders:
Box Office: (718) 951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm)
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center’s presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been voted Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids as part of Nickelodeon’s 2009 Parents Connect Parents’ Picks Awards. This award follows Brooklyn Center’s selection as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding in 2008.

About Omaha Theater Company
Founded in 1949, the Omaha Theater Company is one of the oldest, largest and most well-respected children’s theater companies in the country. Our mission is to enrich the lives of young people and their families through live theater and arts education. We fulfill our mission by offering an exciting season of high-quality, youth-oriented drama productions, school field trips, in-school residencies, performing arts classes, a dynamic youth theater program and a national tour. Past productions include adaptations of Old Yeller, There’s An Alligator Under My Bed, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Where The Red Fern Grows, Mufaro’s Beautiful Flowers, The Drinking Gourd, The Talking Eggs, Where The Wild Things Are, Amelia Bedelia, Madeline, Harry The Dirty Dog, Island Of The Blue, Dolphins, Curious George, and Frog and Toad.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,763 stores across the United States and at The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center. Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s and Crystal Manor.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.

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