The Skeleton Crew was born of the Golden Age of Piracy and continues to prosper to this day. Making their homeport in Estero, FL and headed by the wily, irreverent, and dashing Captain Robert Flood, the crew has many members, as well as those seeking temporary asylum from the law. Ever present aboard the Briar Rose are the Ship’s Navigator, Wrong Way Rachel McBride, First Mate Palastyne Foote, and Helmsman Jingles Scott. The cannon are kept ablaze by the meanest gunners to sail the seven seas, so keep a weather eye out for Broadside Tom, Eric the Red and Typhoon Tom. The Skeleton Crew can be seen sailing the Florida coast on forays to festivals and faires near you, so scan the horizon for the biggest band of scallywags ever to plunder the Florida shores.
Jason Smith is a professional Captain Jack Sparrow/Johnny Depp impersonator with over 10 years’ experience. His spotlight includes both stage and screen. A father of 2 beautiful girls, who also pirate with him, he performs his family variety show coast to coast & he is looking forward to meeting you.
One day a few musicians, who had fallen on some very hard times due to the wars that had been ravaging their homeland, happened upon each other on an abandoned battlefield.Being musicians, they, of course, picked up anything they could & began to jam. Pots and pans from the supply wagon had been remade into a drum set, old war drums, found in enough shape to still have a huge BOOM, were uprighted, & remnants of bagpipes, found, put together & and played to bring in the melody. The musicians loved the good CRAIC they had brought to each other and decided together: “We shall take
these old, broken instruments of war, and make them instruments of CRAIC!” And that is just what they did..
The CRAIC is a 4-piece, themed drama & musical act using heavy percussion and medieval bagpipes. Many various styles of drumming and percussion compliment haunting “old style” pipes and vocals. The CRAIC is modeled after traditional medieval / renaissance theater and music yet also incorporates percussion techniques of Japanese Taiko, West African Djembe and Australian Aboriginal. The piping is …modeled after traditional central European medieval styles, yet with a modern intense approach similar to that of a rock band.The CRAIC also uses various pots n pans and swords n daggers as alternative percussion instruments. Full skits are performed using these “instruments” in a heavy percussive and tribal way. The CRAIC has been likened to a medieval versions of STOMP and Blue Man Group.
Rascal Robert Pirate Magyke
Rascal Robert is the creation of magician/musician Mark Pettey of Naples, FL.
Mark has been a professional performer for almost 40 years, and brings happiness, smiles, and laughter to his audiences from coast to coast.
The Rascal’s character is based on Mark’s actual relative from the golden age of pirates, William Marsh, who went from privateer to scallywag and had the dubious distinction of b…eing the first pirate to be hung by the king of England !
Using special magic routines and presentations that are based on all things “piratical”, Rascal’s shows on the stage or strolling
can add a splash to any pirate festival or fair.
In addition to magic, Rascal is also an accomplished performer on the Caribbean steel pans, and often presents both magic and music at events, alternating sets of each. Nothing like getting two acts with one performer !
Acme Rouge and Ruffin Recruiters…..ARRR,ink for short!
We enjoy being part of a unique art form, interactive entertainment.
In this day of electronics, where you can download and watch entertainment of every conceivable form instantly on your TV, computer or cell phone, the art of live entertainment is harder to find. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing live performers at a show.
Interactive entertainment goes a step further, you the audience are part of the entertainment. You are interacting with live pirates, anything can happen!
We also love to work the lanes between shows playing with the folk, advertising the show and just generally having fun. Our entertainment is always family appropriate fun. We play with kids (which is our specialty), teens (we have lived through raising a few) and adults (none in our group, but we have read up on them).
Master of Ceremonies Cannibal Chrispy A veteran of 20 years on tour with world class bands as a stage manager turned to Piracy roughly a decade ago. His upbeat mannerisms and off the wall antics both on and off stage add up to “comic relief at its best”. Chrispy – It’s not just a name… it’s a life style!
Lord Sir Henry Hyde
His Excellency, Lord Sir Henry Hyde, Lord Governor Plenipotentiary of Her Majesty’s Colonies in the New World. He is a gentile British aristocrat, whose position has made him the richest and most powerful man in the colonies. He is as cultured and charming with his friends as he is dangerous and lethal to his enemies. His policy on pirates is “Hangem’ from the highest yardarm!”, if they are not in possession of a letter of marque from the Crown, that is. Lord Hyde is portrayed by Timothy Fraley, a classically trained Shakespearean actor with over 35 years of experience delighting audiences with his personal interactive improvisational style. This “man of a thousand characters” is a native of South Florida, and his popular and beloved characters have performed at many Pirate, Renaissance and Medieval Festivals all over the U.S.
Wilson Hawthorne has been writing adventure stories since the 4 earning a writing degree in 1983, Hawthorne has written professionally for numerous newspapers, magazines, and television programs. His first novel, The Last Pirate, was published in 2009. Since then Hawthorne has written five more. Today, he travels the state of Florida visiting schools and festivals to share his pirate stories with children of all ages. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him sailing the high seas in search of new tales about the buccaneers of days gone by. For more information visit www.TheLastPirate.net. Arrr!
For Love or Money
“For Love or Money” has played their music in every port and cantina around the coast, music from every harbor that sent their sons to sea. At each Gathering of the Krewes, you’ll find pirates and land-folk alike raising a tankard and dancing to the music of David Waterman and Jen Shumilak. They hail from the Bay of Tampa and look forward to seeing you on the pier when they arrive at Fort Myers Beach!
Beware the crew of the Black Pearl. The three Sirens, Treacherous Tiffany, Ms. Jo, and Janice the Mistress of Malice, sail the salty seas with Captain Hurricane. If ye see the Black Pearl ‘neering yer shores, and hear her cannon roar, lock up yer booty and hide yer oars, for soon they be ashore! So break out the rum, and fear to be chum, for Captain Hurricane has come to pillage and plunder. Yo ho mates. A pirate’s life for me.
Brandon the Piper
Before Brandon the Piper became a world class piper and internationally known musician, he was first a young pirate growing up and eventually performing at wonderful events like the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival. Brandon Martinelli is an exceptional musician having won numerous awards as a solo performer and as the Pipe Major for his middle school and high school. He has performed from California to Florida in the U.S. as well as concerts and events in Scotland and France. Brandon plays a wide of variety instruments as well as composing his own music. “Being able to put on pirate garb and become a pirate when I was a child are very happy memories, indeed!” Brandon reminisced, “So much so, that it seemed only natural that I’d continue to put on pirate garb and perform at one of my favorite pirate events, The Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival!”
A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Belinda Hadcock grew up on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Her love of acting, theatrical make up and costumes emerged early on when she discovered Halloween, which soon became her favorite holiday. In 1993, while visiting friends in Kenosha, WI and looking for something to do, Belinda happened upon the Bristol Renaissance Faire; as soon as she entered the gates, she knew she was home. Over time, Renaissance Faires translated into Pirate Festivals as she blended her theatrical background with her natural ease on the water to create her own unique Pirate Persona.
Belinda has been a key part of the Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival since it began in 2006, and accepted the role of Entertainment Director in 2012. Her roots in the Pirate Community make her a natural fit for this position, and her leadership has expanded the festival to include more participation by local merchants as well as members of the surrounding community. Belinda also owns Skeleton Crew Entertainment, which offers live pirate-themed events throughout the region.