Of course, the littler kids are aDORable (prejudiced for my grandson, Anderson, as a pretentious frog, a fighting octopus, and a feisty, hat-stealing "Michael" brother to Wendy). Emma Elias was great as young Wendy, Paul McDaniel was an enthusiastic Mr. Clunky Bones and Smee; Mason Cordell made a sassy Vinnie the Vulture and hot-shot Peter Pan. Nick Vogel demonstrated his range as the parrot, and as the unfortunate orderly at the Old Pirates' Home. Carlie Smith was a delightful Tinkerbell.
Adult actors led the way, notably David Brooks as both crazy Captain Cramp Hand and as an elderly, beleaguered Captain Hook. Melanie Barnard was a hoot (with Kahrynn Thomas) as Dee Dee the valley-girl mermaids and also as an elderly lady pirate in the Old Pirate's Home with Captain Hook. Jim Bunn and Bill Altimore were geriatric Blackbeard and Captain Blood - all "managed" by Nurse Red, Anita Barkley.
The whole cast seemed to be having a great time, and so did the audience. Mid Michigan is a great place for young (and old) actors to get their start. If you want to be in a show WITH your child/grandchild, or have siblings and want everyone included, Mid Michigan will do their best to get you all in, and rehearsals are only twice a week. mmft.net - and their info is in the Lansing Parks and Rec Guide.
"Pirate Adventures" continues next weekend 2/28 - 3/2 - 7pm Friday, 3pm Saturday and Sunday at Schmidt Southside Community Center on Wise Road (park on the south side of the building; enter at southeast door.) $7 adults $5 kids.