Dustin Anderson, a.k.a. the Purple Pirate, performs during Purple Pirate’s Magic Pirate Ship show at the Port Theatre Saturday (March 25) at 2:30 p.m. (Photo Contributed)

Purple Pirate show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre takes audience members on magical voyage

Purple Pirate’s Magical Pirate Ship show part of Festival Nanaimo’s PirateFest events downtown

Swashbuckling audience members are invited on a voyage full of treasure hunting, high-seas adventure and magic during the Purple Pirate’s Magic Pirate Ship show.

Through magic, storytelling and jokes, Dustin Anderson, known as the Purple Pirate, said he’ll take people on an adventure that is for all ages. He said it will allow adults to connect with their inner five-year-old.

“I like hunting for treasure and I like sharing that treasure with my audience,” said Anderson, adding that some of the treasure audience members will find along the way is the joy of laughter and the love of magic.

The Purple Pirate’s Magic Show is Saturday (March 25) at 2:30 p.m at the Port Theatre.

“Ultimately it’s about connecting with the audience,” said Anderson about the show. “I like bringing wonder to people.”

Selected members of the audience will be invited to come onstage.

They will dress in pirate costumes and become part of the Purple Pirate’s crew.

There will be a streamer cannon and a storm of bubbles that will flow out into the audience.

The show is Saturday (March 25) at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Theatre. Tickets are $15 available by calling 250-754-8550 or by visiting www.porttheatre.com. A family four-pack of tickets is $50 available only by phone or at the Port Theatre box office.

For more information about the Purple Pirate, please visit http://purplepirate.com.

Along with the ticketed show, Festival Nanaimo is hosting numerous free events in downtown Nanaimo from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as part of its annual PirateFest Day event. At 11 a.m. there is a sword and archery station at Harbourfront Library and a pirate parade starts at noon at Diana Krall Plaza. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geekcon runs at the Harbourfront Library with a swordplay demo at 1:30 p.m. Attendees can sing pirate songs with the Vancouver Island Symphony Choir from 1:45-2:15 p.m. The Nanaimo museum hosts a shipwrecked scavenger hunt and crafts event from 12:30-2 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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