After just a couple of hours in an afternoon workshop, kids from your community
could be in an original, funny, thought-proviking MUSICAL MELODRAMA.
Carter Performers present Pied Piper: The Rest of the Story, an original, all-ages musical melodrama. The fun starts with a 2-hour Children's Theater Workshop the afternoon of the performance where the kids learn the basics of theater and practice their parts as the rats and, later, as the children of Hamelin. The workshop kids then join Carter Performers on stage that evening in several scenes during the musical.
The actors are all accomplished musicians, so the show starts with a short concert by Carter and the troupe in the vaudeville “olio” tradition where each actor is given an opportunity to shine. Total running time is around 90 minutes.
Pied Piper: The Rest of the Story has been described as the traditional Pied Piper tale combined with a back story similar to the ecology theme of the movie "Avatar." Discussion questions range from "What can be the unintended consequences when you break a promise?" to "How far do you have the right to go to protect your home and property?" It is one of the few stories where, in the end, EVERYONE, including the Villain, gets what s/he really wanted. Therefore, "What do you think are the real motivations here?" and "What might have been a better strategy for the Rat Master?" and "What does win-win mean?" are more good questions. See The Rat Master for an example.
For those on a smaller budget, Artistic Director Larry Carter as The Pied Piper of Lawrence conducts a simplier one-hour Children's Theater Workshop appropriate for younger children, then presents an all-ages concert of lively, original music combined with the Pied Piper tale. The highlight of the concert is when the workshop kids join him on stage and join him with the Rat Master's song and dance number.
Children's Theater Workshop
Workshop included at no extra cost
Who We Are
Members of "Carter Performers"
Carter solo, "Pied Piper of Lawrence"
Workshop, concert, Pied Piper with host kids
About the Rat Master
He's not really a bad sort - and he DOES love the rats...
Our Kansas Arts Commission listing
Carter Performers and Carter solo (The Pied Piper of Lawrence)
The Piper and Town Council meet the Rats of Hamelin
Lawrence Old Guard
since September, 2007