How I Became a Pirate

Watch the video to get a small preview of the show!


Summer is here, Atlanta is opening up, and after 16 months, we’re thrilled to return to live performances – outdoors at Horizon in our “backyard”!! 

Join us for a swashbuckling crew of musical pirates coming to our outdoor space
presented by our partner Destination Theatre! “How I Became a Pirate” is based on the hit children’s book written by Melinda Long and is a sea-faring musical that follows young Jessica Jacob and a swashbuckling band of goofy pirates on their hunt for the perfect place to bury treasure. She learns being back home with the ones she loves is the greatest treasure of all. Don’t miss this inaugural one-hour children’s outdoor show with artists to get you swept up in adventure!

To ensure COVID safety, we’ve brought theatre to the great outdoors, so you can enjoy it safely, with audience members socially distanced.  Our staff will be masked up and working to ensure everyone stays separated, sanitized, and smiling.

Bring your own chair or blanket (with tarp or plastic to put it on) and a picnic or snacks for a family outting. Outside food and drink are welcome!


SAT, JULY 10 • 11am & 1:30pm
• 11am & 1:30pm
• 5:30pm
• 2:30pm & 5:30pm

Show running time:  1 hour
Seating/picnic opens 30 minutes prior to show start.

Tickets are $10 per person of any age.

Rain policy:  Refunds only if Horizon cancels the show because of rain, but exchanges will be allowed. Refunds only if Horizon cancels the show because of rain, but exchanges will be allowed. 


Would you like a weekday performance for your camp or group? We can add weekday shows for pre-paid groups of 25 or more. You can request dates/times July 11-23 and July 27-August 6. If you are interested, please identify 2-4 date/time options that would work for you, and email us at


Zemirah Davis (Jessica Jacob) has had a passion for musical theatre since a young age and is excited to be a part of Destination Theatre. She graduated from DeKalb School of the Arts, where she majored in Vocal Music and Dramatic Arts. She has performed with Atlanta theatres including True Colors, The Woodruff Arts Center, Alliance Theatre, Stone Mountain Park, and The New Depot Players. The endless support from her family and friends is something for which she will always be grateful.

Katie Dodd (Pierre, Swill, Max Swing) is new to Atlanta and excited to make their theatre debut here in How I Became a Pirate! Since graduating with a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Central Michigan University, she has been involved in several shows in NYC. Some of their favourite past roles include Sheila in A Chorus Line, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes. A big thanks to friends and family who have always supported her.

Amy Duffy (Max, Jessica Jacob U/S) is an actor, music director, and arts administrator who works in the Atlanta, GA theatre scene at some of the following venues: Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, The Lyric Theatre, Stone Mountain Park, Habima Theatre, and Georgia Aquarium, as well as tours across the US and Europe. She has created music and choreography for several Theatre for Young Audiences productions. CMU BFA.

Destiny Freeman (Swill) is a University of Memphis graduate, currently working as an actor in Atlanta. Her Atlanta theatre credits include: True Color’s School Girls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, All’s Well, and R&J60 with the Atlanta Shakespeare Co., Ragtime, Titanic, and Shenandoah at Serenbe. She is so excited to make her Destination Theatre debut and encourages everyone to stay hopeful and creative!

Colby Johnson is excited to be making his debut with Destinaton Theatre! He was last seen in Into the Woods, directed by Broadway’s Hunter Foster. He is currently pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre at Western Carolina University. When not performing, Colby can be spotted playing ultimate frisbee around his campus. 

Anthony Nash (Braidbeard) is from Villa Rica, Georgia. He has performed with several Theatre Companies including Dad’s Garage (Wrath of Con 2), and Aurora Theatre (Disney’s Newsies, A Christmas Carol and Beat Bugs.) Anthony is blessed and incredibly excited to work with Destination theatre and bring this production to life along with his fellow castmates.

Barry Westmoreland (Sharktooth) Arrgh, ye matey! Barry is so excited to be a part of this production and talented cast! Barry, completed an acting apprenticeship with Serenbe Playhouse in 2020. His most recent work has been The Jungle Book (Baloo) and Narnia (Peter Pevensie). He is grateful to get back to doing theatre again!