Our Lower Primary Drama Kids are setting sail this Spring in our original Spring Showcase “Pirate Joe”! “For many a young pirate joining the Great Captain Joe’s Expedition could only be a dream. The promise of a glamorous life on the high seas attracts many to join Captain Joe. The reality on board is quite different, though. But is it too late? Who can stop this unstoppable and clever tyrant?”
To get your Drama Kid in the swashbuckling mood, and build their anticipation for their Spring Showcase, share the following Pirate FUN FACTS with them:
- Pirates weren’t just men – there were plenty of women sailing the seven seas back in the day! Some of the most famous women were Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Ching Shih, and Grace O’Malley.
- Pirates really wore eye patches – but not because they were missing an eye! It’s been said that one of the reasons pirates wore eye patches was to help keep one eye adjusted to night vision, so they could see below deck in the dark.
- The idea we have of pirates making their enemies walk the plank is probably totally fictional. (However, they did like to maroon people!)
- Not all treasure was made up of gold and silver… the majority of a pirate’s treasure consisted of food, lumber, cloth, and animal hides.
- Real pirates probably never said “Arghhh!” This depiction of pirates was popularized by Hollywood in the 1950s.
- You may have heard about “The Pirate’s Code” but in truth, every pirate ship had its own set of rules and codes. Believe it or not, one of the most popular rules was no fighting onboard!
- September 19th is International “Talk Like a Pirate Day”.
- Pirates believed that applying pressure to the earlobe would ward off seasickness. This is why you’ll often see pirates wearing elaborate earrings!
- Pirates didn’t have refrigerators, so they had to bring food onboard that would not rot. They often ate cured meats and fermented vegetables, and would sometimes bring animals onboard that could provide them with milk and eggs!
- Pirates often formed bands onboard and performed theatre to pass the time.
- No one has ever found a real pirate’s treasure map. They were great hiders! Maybe you’ll be the first..?
To learn more about how the Drama Kids program can provide a quality after-school drama education to your child, contact your local DK today!! Find a Drama Kids near you today!