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The madcap, swashbuckling, solo variety show Pirate School! will be presented by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

In its 24th season, Pirate School!, has delighted thousands of families with a mischievous blend of improvisational clown theatre and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation. It’s been known that parents marvel as their kids become “good pirates,” swaggering out of the theatre transformed by this heartwarming family show.

During Pirate School!, the bumbling pirate professor Billy Bones, played by Engel, teaches youngsters four and up the finer points of light-hearted mischief. The audience partakes in riotous, joyful competitions that rattle the rafters and zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like jaunty buccaneers.

The production features an original cartoon-like sound effect and musical score, eye-popping puppetry, eccentric props, adept magic, slapstick swordplay antics, a misbehaving cannon, a talking skull and the world’s only wearable pirate ship.

Advance tickets are available at $8 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The event is being sponsored by the ECU Foundation, Inc., ECU Cultural Activities Committee, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Masonic Centennial Endowment for Cultural Enrichment. Corporate sponsors include: Communication Federal Credit Union, Papa John’s, Vision Bank, Score Broadcasting, The Ada News, Citizen’s Bank, LaQuinta Inns and Suites, Biggie’s Tanning and Laundry and Chicken Express.

To purchase tickets, contact the ECU Box Office at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center at or call 580-559-5751. Tickets may also be purchased online at


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