Can there ever be too many pirates on stage? Prepare to find out this weekend with the debut of “A Pirate’s Life for Me."
The show is being put on by Black Gold Productions, a leading sponsor of the local Campout Against Cancer. The all-volunteer theater group has put on a musical for the past 19 years to first benefit Relay for Life and now the Kern County Cancer Fund. Since its inception the group has raised nearly $500,000.
This year's show is a rollicking pirate adventure. Roger Goodman (played by Adrian Francies) is set on settling down with the wealthy Sarah Huffington (Kay Coodey) and living happily ever after. He learns Sarah has other plans in that she'd rather wed a wild pirate than the staid aristocrat. Determined to prove himself worthy of her love, Roger hires Long John Sliver (Chris Selzer) to tutor him and his newly recruited motley crew in the ways of piracy.
At the same time, Sarah, aiming to win the affections of a true pirate, dubs herself the Pirate Queen and hits the high seas with her own crew of female buccaneers. She sets course for Treasure Island when she learns Captain Blood, aka Roger, is holding her parents captive there.
Once there, everyone finds the real king of the island, retired pirate Bluebeard (Tom Cox), living the good life with his old crew and wishing nothing more than to be left undisturbed. But the small patch of land is soon overrun with retired pirates, lady pirates and wannabes, including a man who thinks he's a parrot in a hilarious game of hide-and seek.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with shows at 7 p.m. at the Woman's Club of Bakersfield downtown. Sunday's matinee is at 2 p.m., with doors open at 1:30. The production continues with evening shows on March 16 and 17.
Since its inception Black Gold Productions has raised nearly $500,000 for Relay for Life and the Kern County Cancer Fund. Last year's production, "Murder at Crooked House," raised $10,000 for the KCCF.