Yo ho, ho on the harbor!: Pirate Pete finds new home with interactive show

Jessica Coker
From left, Anna and Nathanael Fisher of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company with their 6-year-old twins Mia and Bella and 5-month-old Zoe.

Three of the saltiest pirates to ever darken Destin's doorstep made their first appearance at HarborWalk Village last weekend with the production "Pirate Pete and the Case of the Missing Fisherman."

With a price tag of zero gold doubloons, dozens of curious folks put on their finest peg-legs and eye-patches and filled the seats at the HarborWalk Village amphitheater for the shows opening night.

Piloting and pirating the vessel the Emerald Grande — not to be confused with The Emerald Grande condominiums at HarborWalk Village — is the three-person crew; Captain Pirate Pete, Gayle the Galley Wench and first mate Phineas.

Engaging the audience by teaching them a number of songs, dances and silly, salty skits, this slapstick comedy kept marauders of all ages engaged throughout the entire production as the buccaneer trio had to overcome a number of hardships while searching HarborWalk Village for Fisherman Fred. Among the many hurdles the pirates had to overcome while searching for Fred included an invasion by a swarm of seagulls, sharks and noise complaints from an angry harbormaster.

This interactive production gave children the opportunity to stretch their public speaking and acting muscles by joining in on the fun and becoming one of the cast of characters; the carpenter, the gunner, the cook, the surgeon and the second mate.

Pirate Pete is the first Emerald Coast Theatre Company production to take place at the HarborWalk Village amphitheater but it’s certainly not going to be the last. Nathanael Fisher, producing artistic director at ECTC, told The Log that Pirate Pete will make HarborWalk Village his summer home every Sunday beginning June 2.

Co-written by Nathanael and Anna Fisher, the associate artistic director of ECTC, Pirate Pete takes place in Destin, at iconic and recognizable locations like Holiday Isle, Norriego Point and Crab Island, which makes it relatable for both children and adults.

"I was surprised to see so many adults who were walking by stop and watch the show," said Anna. "Even people without children with them loved the show."

For more information on the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or visit them on Facebook.com/ECTheatreCompany.