Twenty-Three Clarke area elementary students will take to the High School stage Friday Nov. 22 and Saturday Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. to bring to life a musical version of the famous fairy tale, “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” under the direction of Kathy Kooiker, founder of the Osceola Children’s Theatre.
“We have been preparing for this production since late summer and the children are excited to show the community their talents, and how much fun they have been having putting this story on stage,” said Kooiker.
The costuming, songs and story line will keep audience members of all ages enthralled. Performers are ages 4 through 12 weave the tale of a town overrun y rats, with a mayor and alderman who have more interest in lining their own pockets than in listening to the villagers. When a magical stranger visits the town with an unusual way to rid them of the rats, the mayor agrees to a fee for the piper’s services, but then goes back on his word, leading to dire consequences for the town.
Themes of working together, keeping promises and showing love and compassion are highlighted in this approximately one hour musical production. Cast members are Abbie Schlichte, Danika McCloney, Jonathan Galvez, Emilee Boyd, Paige Gilbert, Easton and Haydon Brokaw, Madison and Mason White, Danika Smith, Julia Cline, Mikinli Jones, Blaine Cornelison, Jocelyn Hoover, Luke Pontier, Taylor Kent, Lucas Wilkins, Grant Fry, Aubrey Nissen, Bentlee Barton, Ryder Page, Jayden Lampe and Sutton Jones.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the door, with first come, first choice of seating. Kooiker encourages people of all ages to come enjoy this family friendly event that should keep even the youngest of viewers entertained.
“Parents who bring their children will not only have a great time, but the show provides a wonderful opportunity for family discussion afterward regarding values like keeping one’s word and being a person that others can trust,” said Kooiker. “Everyone will leave the auditorium with joy and laughter and a warm heart.”