'Pirate School' offers valuable lessons

Presented as part of its Arts in Education Initiative, Poway OnStage will host “Pirate School: Follow Your Compass” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 9:15 a.m. and noon in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. More than 800 first, second and third graders from six Poway Unified Schools will enjoy this engaging, educational show.

This light-hearted one-man show – complete with sound effects and a musical score – offers a character-building production in which students will experience simple solutions to resolving conflict while learning the important concepts of respect, responsibility, compassion and courage. The supporting study guide will provide extension activities that reinforce the anti-bullying curriculum and the theater arts concepts presented on stage.

“Pirate School” is a madcap, swashbuckling solo show created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel.

Set to an original cartoon-inspired musical score, complete with sound effects, Pirate Professor Billy Bones teaches the finer points of lighthearted mischief and offers up zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like a boisterous buccaneer, all while promoting good manners, polite behavior and social courage.