“We Run The Ship,” an interactive musical event for children and families, will be presented by Barn Arts Collective Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Show times are 1 and 3:30 p.m. and admission is free, due to underwriting support from Bangor Savings Bank.

“We Run the Ship” is a one-of-a-kind theater event: a big flood is coming, and it’s up to the audience to choose a ship and chart a course through this high-seas adventure musical.

The Barn Arts Collective co-producers, Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker, began working on “We Run the Ship” in the fall of 2013. Inspired by R.A. Montgomery’s popular choose-your- own-adventure books and motivated by current events, the team wanted to create a piece that encouraged people of all ages to feel empowered by the decisions they make.

“We looked around our country to find an indecisive Congress and a changing climate — a real challenge for our future leaders,” Parker said. “We wanted to make an interactive show that made the audience feel comfortable, while creating a fun way for young people to engage with decision making.”

The musical includes original music, puppets crafted from recycled materials and three different “ships” for the audience to choose as part of their journey. “We Run the Ship” premiered in New York City at the Bowery Poetry Club in the spring of 2014 and has since been performed at Mayo Street Arts in Portland; the Brooklyn, N.Y., Public Library; and in several venues on Mount Desert Island, including a full run last summer at the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘We Run the Ship’ to the Strand,” Simon said. “We’ve got a great cast of local artists that are excited to bring the show to Rockland.”

The Barn Arts Collective is a group of artists who create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, the organization creates new works of performance (theater, music, dance, film); provides residencies for artists making new work; hosts and performs at community events; partners with local nonprofit organizations to offer arts and educational programs; and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community.

For more information about this and other events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.