Shadow Players actor featured in the New York Times

Yancey Covington, left, and Steve Whetzel, at the 2013 Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke.

Steve Whetzel, who portrays Mantise Sevalle as a member of the Shadow Players, a stage combat group from Greenville, was recently featured in a New York Times sports story about the East Carolina University Pirates.
Whetzel, along with the entire troop of Players, will be part of the Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree this coming Friday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 2, on Ocracoke.   They will demonstrate swashbuckling sword fighting and combat. Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family. 
The kick off event “Meet the Pirates,” will start at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center with a game show of myths and facts about Blackbeard, with Kevin Duffs as game-show host.  The rollicking Motley Tones will follow with a concert and sing-along at 8:30. $10 donation at the door also covers alcohol and other refreshments.
Saturday’s events start at 10 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. village wide, and Sunday concludes with the annual remembrance of Blackbeard’s demise with the march to Springer’s Point, starting at 10 .m. at Blackbeard’s Lodge, then Lunch with the Pirates at noon in Howard’s Pub. Read the New York Times story about Steve Whetzel here 

Steve Whetzel as Mantise Sevalle, a "pirate" with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group, rings a chime for each of the fallen members of Blackbeard's crew during the memorial Sunday morning during Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree.


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