jingle5For its first family musical of the 2016-17 season, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse presents the area debut of JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY: A Christmas Pirate Adventure, a holiday-themed follow-up to the wacky adventure How I Became a Pirate produced at the theatre in 2013 and 2015. Based on the story by author Melinda Long, and with book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this delightful adaptation is sure to delight children of all ages, and is being brought to life by a sensational cast of professional talents.

Circa ’21 will present show-only performances of JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY on scheduled Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through December 26. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. performances, with tickets $10.50 per person, or $9.50 each for groups of 12 or more. An added 1 p.m. matinée has been scheduled for Saturday, December 17.

Brunch performances will also be held every Sunday from through December 18. Doors for these presentations open at 10:45 a.m., the buffet opens at 11 a.m., and the shows begin at noon. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for ages 6 – 18, and $15 for ages five and under, with group discounts also available for parties of 12 or more.

For tickets and information, contact the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse at 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL or by calling (309)786-7733, extension 2, or at Circa21.com.

jingle1In JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY: A PIRATE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE, the endearingly silly HOW I BECAME A PIRATE crew is back for an all-new, Christmas-flavored stage treat. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob, in the hopes that he’ll help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Boasting favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find you-know-who, JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY is a wonderful holiday entertainment for the whole family.

Serving as director for Circa ’21’s production is Andrea Moore, whose performance credits for the theatre include roles in such musicals as CATS, GREASE, and JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and who previously directed such hit family musicals as FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL and last season’s THE MOST FAMOUS REINDEER OF ALL.

Sue Williams serves as JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY’s Music Director, and filling out the professional cast for this new family musical are five of the theatre’s performing waitstaff – The Bootleggers – Brad Hauskins, Sara Hayes, Antoinette Holman, Nicholas Munson, and Cydney Roelandt – plus long time Circa ’21 favorite Janos Horvath and Anthony Natarelli.

Circa ’21 is thrilled be treating family audiences to this seasonal mug of holiday punch, and encourages audiences to make immediate reservations at (309)786-7733 extension 2 or circa21.com for the seafaring musical-comedy fun of JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY: A PIRATE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE!


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.