Paw Patrol Live star talks of show’s newest adventure
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Zakiya Baptiste
Zakiya Baptiste
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Paw Patrol Live is returning to the city this week with their newest performance, “The Great Pirate Adventure.”

In “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is preparing for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark cavern, it’s up to the Paw Patrol pups for the rescue.

Fan favorites Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. They work together to help Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on.

Brooklyn actress Zakiya Baptiste plays Mayor Goodway. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and currently in Canarsie, Baptiste has been working with Paw Patrol Live for a little over six months. They’ve toured places like Chicago, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis.

But returning home is special for her. She’s now able to say that she’s performed in Madison Square Garden.

“Right when I found out that we were playing in Madison Square Garden, I was like ‘Mom, I made it,’” she said. “Getting to say that I’ve performed here, in my home state, is really affirming and fulfilling as an actress.”

“The Great Pirate Adventure” is one of the bigger productions that Baptiste has been apart of. In the past she’s mostly worked on cabaret shows and smaller functions. Working on a national tour, and selling out most places, there are so many working parts and she’s been able to meet throngs of new people.

“I’ve noticed that the show is a lot bigger than me, and everything that we do as a company really impacts the places that we go to,” she said.

“The Great Pirate Adventure” picks up right where the original performance, “Race to the Rescue” left off in terms of innovative costumes. The live performers are able to move around in a costume that is in the traditional bunraku puppetry style. The bunraku style represents the authenticity of the pups’ size and shape, rather than a full body costume that audiences may have expected.

“It’s a really cool interpretation and you get to see the pups come alive,” Baptiste said.

Her favorite part of the show is getting to see the kids in the audience and watching their expressions when each character comes onto stage.

“Sometimes we get to look them directly in the eye, depending on how close they are to us, and they have huge smiles on their faces when they realize we’re actually talking to them and asking specific questions,” she said. “That is the moment I live for in every single performance because I get to see the kid who feels special for a moment and they’ll leave with that memory forever.”

The show is quite interactive and engages audiences by teaching them pirate catchphrases, how to dance the pirate boogie and how to help the pups follow the treasure map as well as solve picture puzzles during their mission.

For parents who are considering taking their family to the performance, Baptiste suggests they do since it’s jam-packed with singing and dancing.

“We get to bring them along the journey,” she said. “The kids aren’t bystanders, we need them to get to the end of our story.”

The show runs on Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m.; Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, both days at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008) and all Ticketmaster Outlets as well as pawpatrollive.com.

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