“The Water Pirates of Neverland”: Science With a Twist!

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire students and their families.

Water Pirates


Please direct inquiries to:
Matt Levine
Client Services Representative
[email protected]

Laura Tworek
Public Utilities Media and Communications Coordinator
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The Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire students and their families. From October 15 to November 2, professional actors from NTC will visit 30 elementary schools with live performances of “The Water Pirates of Neverland: Ocean’s 3 1/2,” sparking conversations on water conservation in classrooms throughout Virginia Beach.
The program will focus on:

  • The uses of water
  • The importance of water
  • Ways in which water gets polluted
  • Ways to conserve water

The live program revolves around Captain Doorknob, a pirate in search of treasure guarded by Neptune, who lives in the sea. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Crabby Malone and Toni the Flipper, Captain Doorknob sets out to learn about water in order to gain Neptune’s treasure.
In addition to live performances, the program includes digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live show. Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”
For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Matt Levine at [email protected] For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.com.

About Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities
Virginia Beach Public Utilities is part of the City of Virginia Beach municipal government and provides quality water and sanitary sewer services to over 400,000 Virginia Beach citizens. Its mission is to provide a safe and sufficient water supply that will enhance and sustain a vibrant community. Public Utilities is committed to meeting the present and future water needs of Virginia Beach citizens, and to meeting or exceeding federal, state and local regulatory requirements. Additional information is available at: http://www.vbgov.com/pu.

About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.
Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.