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A Beloved Ketchikan Tradition

July 01, 2019

Where in Ketchikan will you find ladies of the evening, a cannery owner, entrepreneurial salmon thieves, and an assortment of alcohol-soaked characters? The answer is at the performance of one of the area’s favorite plays, “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter.” Each July, the residents of Ketchikan pay tribute to their tempestuous and colorful past with this ever-popular production. Written by Bob Kinerk, with music by Jim Alguire, the cast is made up entirely of locals, who also make up most of the audience.

With the exception of a few small changes, this show has gone on almost every year for more than 50 years. The play is performed along with the traditional dinner of crab or salmon, after which guests take great pleasure in booing the bad guy, cheering on the hero, the heroine, and the madam who, of course, possesses a heart of gold, all to the accompaniment of loads of fun and laughter. “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter” performance dates are July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

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