This weekend marks the final performance of Shiver Me Timbers: A Pirate Play, the spring 2015 touring production of Actors for Children Theatre.ACT will present a free performance of the show for families at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Main Branch of the Boyd County Public Library.Shiver Me Timbers features a band of pirates who spin tales of the sea, drawing audiences in with their antics, based on themes of working together and doing the right thing.The play, by playwright Gay Hammond, is presented by special arrangement with New Classics Plays of Gainesville, Georgia."Our pirates struggle with the solitude of ocean life and entertain themselves through these tale tales," said Sarah Diamond Burroway, ACT director and co-founder."In their own way, they bring to the forefront lessons about choice, consequence and cooperation," she said.
Of course, any good pirate play has to involve buried treasure, sword play, squabbling townspeople and mermaids. The play is structured around five pirates who transform into other characters in stories like 'Treasure Beach,' 'The Pirate and The Mermaid' and "Pet for a Pirate.'For this production, Diamond Burroway brought together a cast of seasoned community theatre actors, all of whom are interested in bringing the best in theatre for youth to ACT's child audiences."These actors make up an awesome cast with great balance and chemistry. For me, that's what helps bring this particular story to life," Diamond Burroway continued."From the first time I read Shiver Me Timbers, I visualized each of these actors in the various roles," she concluded.Founding cast members Bill Burroway and Tish Maynard were joined by ACT newcomers Mary Baughman, Jason Kretzer and Kate Morris to round out the Shiver Me Timbers cast.Diamond Burroway had always wanted to work with Baughman, Kretzer and Morris in an ACT production, having developed friendships with each after working with them on other projects."I so appreciate the work of this entire cast and their high regard for children, in general."The award-winning troupe based in Flatwoods, KY has already brought its whimsical style of theatre to more than 2,500 children and adults this program year. And, while the spring production has one more show before the final curtain, ACT is already taking booking inquiries for the fall 2015 production tour.