The Pied Piper of Hamelin
adaptation by Lynn Brittney
The approximate running time of this play is 20 minutes.
This is a poetic but very effective version of the traditional story using large sections of Robert Browning's original poem with song and dance.
There are three songs in the play:
- We are the Rats (sung to the tune of Three Blind Mice)
- Over the Hills and Far Away (recorder solo required)
- Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May (unaccompanied chant by children)
As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.
Basic sheet music is included.
14 main speaking parts, unlimited chorus parts (rats, children, townsfolk).
The town of Hamelin is overrun with rats and the townspeople complain to the Mayor. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger appears and says that he can get rid of the rats for them but demands a large sum of money to do so. The Mayor and the Council agree and are astonished when the stranger plays upon his pipe and all the hypnotised rats follow him to the river and drown. But then the Mayor tries to cheat the Piper out of his money and the stranger exacts a terrible price. He plays his pipe once more and all the children, except one, are led away in a trance, never to return.
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