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‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ Contest

September 13, 2013

The magical musical Peter and the Starcatcher comes to the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts in April as part of our Duke Energy Broadway Light Series, but you have a chance to connect with the show right now!

Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila  Photo by Joan Marcus

Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Del Aguila from Peter and the Starcatcher.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The production has launched a special Instagram video contest to help celebrate the 11th annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. The contest invites fans of the Tony Award-winning play to do their best pirate impressions and explain why they think tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are the ultimate treasure.

The idea for the special day started when Dave Barry mentioned “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002. Barry is co-author with Ridley Pearson of the novel “Peter and the Starcatchers,” on which the play is based. What once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends talking like pirates has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. Last year, Peter and the Starcatcher celebrated by giving away 100 tickets to fans sporting mustaches like the show’s own pirate, Black Stache.

CLICK HERE, to see the inaugural video by Barry himself. You can continue to check back on for new videos.

Rules and Regulations: Over the next 10 days, fans can submit Instagram videos using their best pirate lingo to tell the show why they want to see Peter and the Starcatcher. In order to be collected, the videos must use the hashtag #itlapd and tag the show’s official Instagram account, @starcatcherbway. Fans and friends can vote for their favorites by “liking” them on Instagram.

Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, and the three videos with the most number of “likes” will be announced Sept. 19. The winners will each receive a pair of tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher at New World Stages – or for those not in the New York area, a pair of tickets to the tour market closest to them. For a full schedule of National Tour stops, please click here:

This imaginative prequel to the story of “Peter Pan,” based on The New York Times best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel, tells the tale of an orphan who heads to a faraway land, where he finds love, friendship and, ultimately, himself. Peter and the Starcatcher comprises a company of 12 actors playing more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become “the boy who never grew up”? This epic origin story of one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters proves that an audience’s imagination can be the most captivating place in the world.

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