Pirate School is coming to Red Hook!

Photo courtesy of the Waterfront Museum

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Pirate School!, a family-friendly pirate-based vaudeville show, is coming to the historic Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge in Red Hook on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Created by veteran NYC physical comedian David Engel, Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling one-man family show that allows kids to live their dreams of the Golden Age of the Pirates while promoting everyday polite behavior and social courage.

With a mischievous blend of clown theater, cartoon-like sound effects, eye-popping puppetry, eccentric props, adept magic, slapstick antics and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation, Pirate School! satisfies children’s universal curiosity of the briny buccaneers of yore.

Pirate School! is led by the bumbling Professor Billy Bones (played by Engel) who teaches youngsters to be good pirates with zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like buccaneers. Cannons boom, skulls talk, cutlasses drop, critters cavort and the whole audience takes part in a grandiose sea-battle as a final exam.

The show, which has come to the Waterfront Museum on several other occasions, is designed for children ages four and up as well as families.

It’s somewhat apropos that this show is coming to the Waterfront Museum, since the owner of the museum, Captain David Sharps, began as a circus clown and juggler before he purchased the former railroad barge that now serves as its home.

The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge is located at 290 Conover St., Red Hook, at Pier 44 near the Fairway Market. To reach the museum, call (718) 208-8966, ext. 11, or email For more information, visit


July 18, 2013 - 9:00am



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