The Pied Piper

A musical play, based on the poem by Robert Browning

music and lyrics by Julie Argyle-Cross

pp_image2 Synopsis

Characters

Setting

Sample Teaching Tracks

Sample Backing Tracks

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SYNOPSIS

Many centuries ago there was a terrible plague of rats and mice in the town of Hamelin. The townsfolk demanded action from the Mayor, to get rid of the rats. Unfortunately the council did not have any solutions to the problem.

One day a mysterious man appeared in Hamelin. He went to the council chambers, claiming that he could rid the town of all the rats and mice. The council agreed to pay him 1000 gilders. The rat-catcher took a pipe from his pocket and began to play a lively tune. Rats & mice immediately came running out of every house and followed him down the streets. He led them to the River Weser. He walked into the water and they all followed him and drowned.

The Mayor and Council were delighted to get rid of the rats and mice, but they regretted having promised to pay the piper so much money. When he returned to collect what was due, they refused to pay him. He was angry and went once more into the streets, with his pipe to his lips. This time it was the children who came running out to follow him. He led them to the river, but turned away just in time and went towards a huge mountain. Once there, an enormous portal opened wide, and the Piper and children went inside – all except Otto, who could not keep up with the others.

We cannot possibly have a sad ending to our musical, so with a little poetic licence, the children return safely, the Piper is paid for a job well done, and the Mayor and Council learn that one must keep promises that have been made. This calls for a big celebration for all the townsfolk!

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CHARACTERS

Narrator
Mayor
Council
Pied Piper

CHORUS

Large chorus (possibly all classes in the Junior Primary area)

The chorus represents the rats and mice, children and adult townsfolk.

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SETTING

A European mediaeval town in the Middle Ages

DURATION

Approx. 20 minutes

SET

As simple or as elaborate as you choose. You will need to indicate:

  • the town
  • the river
  • the council chamber
  • the mountain.

This could be simply done, with lighting of different areas on the stage.

COSTUMES

These can be historically accurate or very simple for the humans, e.g. for the mayor a full outfit or just a mayoral chain.

Animals can be elaborate or simple, e.g.

  • tights, plain T-shirt (of a colour to suit the animal)
  • a head-dress or mask

USE OF TEACHING AND BACKING TRACKS

We recommend that during the rehearsal period the performers become less and less dependent on the teaching tracks, so that they are ready to perform the show with the backing tracks only.

The teaching tracks have all the individual vocal musical numbers provided, but do not include incidental music or reprises. As such, the teaching tracks cannot be used for a performance.

The backing tracks have all the musical numbers, plus incidental music, separately provided in order, allowing the tracks to be run through sequentially, with appropriate pauses for dialogue.

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SAMPLE TEACHING TRACKS

1. “We want food”

2. “Get lost, rats!”

3. “The town rejoices”

4. “Koppelburg Hill”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “We want food”

2. “Get lost, rats!”

3. “The town rejoices”

4. “Koppelburg Hill”

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