Pirates Coming Ashore In Payson


With only one week to prepare, Rim Country students will present “Blackbeard the Pirate” at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the Payson High School Auditorium.

With only one week to prepare, Rim Country students will present “Blackbeard the Pirate” at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Shiver me timbers!

This Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Payson High School Auditorium, the Missoula Children’s Theatre will present the play version of “Blackbeard the Pirate.” The play is an adaptation of the original 1953 movie and 2006 TV movie of the same name.

It was in the golden age of piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, that Blackbeard, the pirate, stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. It is said that he killed for the reputation, and his reputation has since become legend. Now, this Friday and Saturday evening, we will see the story of pirate Edward Teach, the man who terrorized the seas.

The approximately 80 first through 12th grade area children who made it through rigorous auditions and an intense week of rehearsals, will take the stage in beautiful costumes provided by the Missoula, Mont.-based touring theatre. The world-renowned children’s theatre has been touring for more than 30 years and returns to Payson for the second time.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience last year at this time when the theatre presented “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast,” a comical spinoff of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” I was completely amazed by the quality of the evening’s presentation, especially considering that the show was put together all in less than a week’s time. And the play had the audience howling.

At-the-door ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students.

I’m really, really looking forward to seeing this weekend’s presentation of “Blackbeard the Pirate.”

This week’s question

Can you name the country music singer whose most recent release, “Pirate Flag,” debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Hits in February of this year?

This singer-songwriter-guitarist has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher. He has also produced more than 30 Top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which climbed to the top of the charts. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

This contemporary country artist didn’t have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant following via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable, “Average Joe” persona.

He was born in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1968 and raised in the nearby small town of Luttrell, best known as the home of Chet Atkins. He grew up listening to both country and rock ’n’ roll, but didn’t get serious about music until college, when he studied marketing at East Tennessee State University.

His second album, “All I Need to Know,” in 1995, gave him his first two Top 10 hits, with the title track and “Fall in Love.” Two years later, his next album, “Me and You,” became his first gold album, with the single “She’s Got it All” becoming his first of many No. 1 hits. Over the life of his career, the Country Music Association has honored him four times with its Entertainer of the Year award.

Some of my favorite songs by this country artist include his 2002 “The Good Stuff,” 2003’s “There Goes My Life” and his 2004 duet with Uncle Kracker, “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Is this “Pirate Flag” artist A) Tim McGraw, B) Dierks Bentley, C) Luke Bryan, or D) Kenny Chesney?

Be caller number five and have the correct answer and you’ll win two tickets, courtesy of Lynette Brouwer, Payson’s liaison to the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s touring group, to this weekend’s performance of “Blackbeard the Pirate.”

Last week’s question

In 1963, country music singer Johnny Cash scored a huge No. 1 hit with “Ring of Fire.” The beginning lyrics to Cash’s Grammy Hall of Fame song were “Love is a burnin’ thing ...”

Last week’s music trivia question asked if you could name the lyrics that came next. Were the ensuing lyrics A) “and it makes my heart sing,” B) “and it makes a fiery ring,” C) “and it makes me wanna have a fling,” or D) “and it makes me feel like a king”?

The correct answer was “and it makes a fiery ring.”

Congratulations to last week’s second-time music trivia winner, Kathy Boosamra, of Payson, who won two tickets to this past weekend’s 129th August Doin’s Rodeo, compliments of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee.

Have a great week!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com

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