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ARRRG! ‘Pirate Girl’ Sails Across Larimer Campus Plaza July 12-15

Ahoy, mateys! The Front Range Community College Family Theatre Project returns to the Larimer Campus in July with a production of “Pirate Girl.”

Pirate Girl posterCaptain Fire Beard and the crew of the Horrible Haddock, scourge of the Seven Seas, meet their match when they kidnap a feisty young girl named Molly. Try as they might, the pirates seem unable to get Molly to divulge who her parents are so they can demand a ransom. Ultimately, she outwits the bungling band and is rescued in a wonderful surprise ending.

“Pirate Girl” will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 12-14 and at 10:30 a.m. July 15 on the Larimer Campus Plaza, Harmony Road and Shields Street in Fort Collins.

Pirate dress is encouraged. Admission is free. Bring your own blankets, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. There are plenty of free parking spaces and bike racks on campus.

The play is based on the book by Cornelia Funke and adapted by master storyteller Tom McCabe. McCabe has adapted more than a half-dozen other plays the FRCC Family Theatre Project has performed.

John Hill, the play’s director and lead theater and humanities faculty, established The Front Range Family Theatre Project in 2004 to create a convergence of audience and performers in a shared theatrical experience that is designed to engage, entertain, and educate.

The troupe has entertained and enriched the lives of more than 20,000 patrons, demonstrating the value the community holds for this program.

For more information, contact Hill at or (970) 204-8386.

About John Hill

During Hill’s 21-year commitment to collegiate theater at FRCC, he has been recognized twice with a President’s Regional Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In 2008, he was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion. The medallion, a national honor, recognizes extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theater and to the development and quality of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The numbered medallions commemorate the dedication of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971. The medallion is cast of the same bronze that was used to make the towering bust of President Kennedy in the center’s grand foyer.

In 2010, Hill’s alma mater, Loretto Heights College, gave him the Spirit of Loretto Award, which honors graduates for their outstanding career achievements and significant contributions to the community over the years. Although the college closed in 1988 with alumni services and some academic programs moving to Regis University, the Spirit of Loretto Award lives on.

This year, Hill was honored as the Online Master Teacher at the Larimer Campus.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.

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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.