Tech’s School of Theatre Presents ‘River Pirates’

By Sara Howell-Floyd

For the spring production the Louisiana Tech Theatre will perform an original production, “River Pirates and the Treasure of Pointe Coupée,” written by Jeremy Reynolds, a professor in the school of theater. 

The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night April 26-30 and there will also be a Sunday matinee performance of the show at 2 p.m. May 1.

The show is about 45 minutes to an hour long and meant to be something everyone of any age can enjoy. 

“While this is not a kids’ show per se it is a show that when Reynolds was writing it, he wanted his own children to be able to come see,” Andrew Ray, the shows choreographer, said. “Everyone should come see the show. Even if you don’t have kids, there is a little something for everyone.” 

Tickets are on sale now at the Arthur Stone Box Office and online at Tickets will be $10 for adults, $2 for any student with an ID, $5 for youth under 12 and senior citizens.

“Every pirate trope including eye patches, peg legs, sword fighting and fun voices will be included in this production,” Ray said. “Everyone should come see it. There are only six chances to see this silliness, then it is gone forever.” 

One of the main elements of the play is stage fighting and was written in this way to showcase the renowned stage fighting theatrics Tech has to offer. 

“Tech is known for stage combat and we have even hosted national stage combat workshops right here on campus,” Ray said. 

The simple set allows the cast to put on a fast-paced show while still offering many different themes. The actors will be changing the set as the show takes place during musical numbers.

“Our set is made up of five tables, 12 benches and two sails,” Ray said. “With these items we can make a ship, tavern, church, more ships. There are so many ways to figure those elements so that it is really cool to look at.” 

One of the actresses, Blair O’Blanc, shared that this is probably one of the silliest plays she has ever been in.

“I am playing Marcel in the play which is a woman who poses as a male pirate,” O’Blanc said. “She is very aggressive, headstrong and has a fight first, talk later personality.” 

Emma Montgomery, another actress in the play also said that this play has Louisiana roots that the audience can relate to. 

“The play takes place along the Mississippi River so there is Louisiana history tied into it for people to enjoy,” Montgomery said. 

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