The Story Pirates
The Grinch, Scrooge, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – most of our favorite holiday friends are characters in a story. And while many of us come from different backgrounds and celebrate different holidays, we all have stories to tell. If you could write your own special adventure, what would it be? Would you tell something a funny relative did last Thanksgiving or on Hanukkah? Or would you make up a brand new holiday?
This was the assignment that the Story Pirates have given to young students. On Saturday, December 7, the Story Pirates gang joined us for a big, crazy sketch comedy show as they present some of our favorite stories written by kids. There were wild costumes with hats and boas flying (the feather kind), dancing, make believe and general hilarity.
Story Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people.
The Story Pirates received national attention in February 2008 when The Daily Show host Jon Stewart called The Story Pirates “crazy entertaining” on Larry King Live; Stewart had seen the group perform at a party he attended with his son. The group is described as "a mix between School House Rock and Monty Python” and has received critical acclaim. The New York Times called their performances a "theatrical treasure," and many others dub it one of the best kids shows around.
By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, they offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective. Dually based in New York and Los Angeles, they are best known for the Idea Storm Program, a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life, followed by a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories by students and performed by professional artists. Their programs and professional development services for teachers are in place at over 250 schools from coast to coast.