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Free Family Fest: Story Pirates

  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates
  • Free Family Fest: Story Pirates

Calling all children for Story Pirates! Now through December 1, the Arsht Center and STORY PIRATES are collecting short stories written by local elementary school children, ages 5-12.

Come embark on a story adventure that you help write.

Story Pirates are sailing to Miami for one night only and featuring stories written by kids, performed by some of the best improvisers and musicians from New York and Los Angeles.

We want to hear the stories of elementary aged explorers that will take our pirates on a creative voyage through Miami. That’s right, your story could end up on the Arsht Center Stage! Select stories will be incorporated into a fully produced comedy sketch and musical number.

Use one of the prompts below to get your imagination sailing:

  • Pretend that you are a bird and throwing a party for all your birdie friends in Miami. What kind of bird are you? What kinds of birds are flying in for the fiesta? What would that party look like? What’s for dinner? Where’s your partying happening?
  • If I were a raindrop, I’d …
  • What would you do if you were in the middle of the ocean and your boat springs a leak?
  • Write a poem about your favorite person, animal, or place.
  • Write two stories about your family -- one that is real and one that is fictional.

Story Guidelines:
1. Stories must be totally original and cannot include characters and plots from movies, television shows or books. Use Your Imagination!

2. Stories should be in kids' own words.  Adults can help kids get their stories down on paper, but there's no need to edit or correct spelling or grammer.

3. Please provide the following when submitting your story:
Author's Name
Story Title
Story Text 
Name of Author's School
Grade of author when story was written
Parent/Guardian Name
Parent/Guardian Cell Phone
Parent/Guardian Email

Please email your story to Submissions are due by December 11, 2015.

  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Intermissions: 0
  • Parental Guide: All Ages

The Adrienne Arsht Center provides this information to help you make informed decisions when bringing young people to performances. These are recommendations – you are the expert in deciding what your children should see and know best how to help them enjoy their theatergoing experience. Every guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket; babies-in-arms are not admitted to any performance.

Monday, January 1


The "Story Pirates" performance starts at 1:30PM; standy-by line will be available at 12:30PM for those that do not have first access passes.

"Story Pirates" celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. The show is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience! “Story Pirates” will delight and surprise with puppets, enlivening songs and outrageous sketches, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write down their own fantastic adventures. Story topics run the gamut, from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to cats flying and tickle monsters who rule the world.

About Story Pirates
Story Pirates has been committed to providing high quality arts education to children since 2003. Their Play/Write Program began as a pilot in a single low income Harlem school and has grown to become a nationally respected creative writing and drama curriculum in place annually at over 200 schools across the country. Their assemblies and performances have been recognized and sponsored by partners such as Penguin Books, theaters like the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and on respected television programs such as The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Story Pirates' curriculum focuses on core elements of national standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts, while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression. Over the past eight years, Story Pirates has invited tens of thousands of students to see their own words and ideas come to life on stage, and watched as, one by one, these children began to call themselves writers.

*First access passes are valid until 1:15 p.m. and do not guarantee admission. If all passes have been claimed, families are encouraged to arrive as early as 12:30 p.m. to line up for seating that will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Limit of 4 per household.

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