GLOUCESTER, Mass.—On June 19, 20, 26, and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park will be transformed into “Pirate Island” for the story of “Felicity Dane and the Pirate Treasure.” This light-hearted adventure pits the spunky young heroine against four of history’s most notorious pirates, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, Anne Bonney, and the Barbossa Brothers, in a race for lost pirate booty.
The production is being organized by Past Times Entertainment.
Kristina Ayanian, an honor roll student at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, will perform the title role. Ayanian graduated from St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School in Watertown, where she received the Presidential Excellence Award, the Citizenship Award, and the Prelacy Award for Excellence in Armenian Studies, as well as a King Levon silver coin.
Ayanian, 13, won the title of 2008 Miss Boston Preteen, part of National American Miss, and won the acting, talent, community service, and spokesmodel categories.
She recorded a CD, “Tsapik, Tsapik,” with the singer Noune Karapetian, which was nominated for the Best Children’s Album of 2007 by the Armenian Music Awards.
Ayanian loves acting, singing, dancing, and playing the piano. She has performed with Past Time Entertainments, Wheelock Family Theatre, the New Repertory Theatre, and Watertown Children’s Theatre. She has starred in TV commercials and a short movie. Ayanian also received a certificate of excellence for piano competition commemorating the 320th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s birthday within the American Art Festival and played at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
Her other passion is dancing. She started taking lessons at age two. She is currently attending Susan Wright’s Dance Studio and the Abaka Dance School.
She is fluent in English and Armenian. She also won a short story contest, and her entry was published in the 2008 edition of the “Anthology of Short Stories by Young Americans.”
“Kristina is a perfect match for this show. She is smart, intelligent, just as her character in the play,” said he artistic director of Past Times Entertainment, Paul Stickney.
The New England Pirate Faire features a daylong storyline full of action and comedy, interactive scenes that make the audience part of the show, food, and the “Tortuga Marketplace,” where guests may purchase handcrafted wares ranging from clothing to jewelry to their very own pirate cutlass—all in a seaside setting that sets the perfect stage.
For tickets, visit www.pastimesentertainment.com.