Pied Piper of Lawrence


I was sponsored for 5 years by the Kansas Arts Commission (until it was... ahem... dismantled by Gov Brownback) to present an afternoon workshop and evening concert of original music and storytelling. I would start with an afternoon Children's Theater Workshop where the workshop kids joined me that evening on stage as I retold the Pied Piper of Hamelin tale with my original prequel/sequel and music.

Carter Performers

For arts councils with larger budgets, I also brought in my six-person theater troupe, Carter Performers, to present my one-act musical melodrama "Pied Piper: The Rest of the Story." The play is basically the same retelling as what I do with my solo performances, but as a one-act musical melodrama rather than just narration.

The Experts Say...

"The Satanta Arts Council has hosted many performers from the touring roster, and Carter Performers have been among the best received in our community."
Karen Burrows, Satanta Arts Council, Sat anta, Kansas
"I loved the song where the rats come in.
I still sing the song A LOT!"
Madeline, age 5, Satanta, Kansas
"Carter Performers surpassed our expectations. Larry and his crew communicated expertly with the children and treated them with respect and professionalism."
Gail Parsons, Junction City Arts Council, Junction City

Children's Theater Workshop and Concert
Great Bend, Kansas
Sponsored by Barton County Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Photos by Don Shorock.

Children's Theater Workshop

Trying on costumes

Rats meeting their best friend - the Rat Master!

There is a character in the Pied Piper story so sneaky that no one has even heard of him until now. He is best friends with the rats, so he sent them to Hamelin in the first place, then recruited the piper to call them back to his cave. They call him - the Rat Master.

I suppose you think I'm... odd!

The rat is such a noble friend
With bulging eyes and toothy grin.
They scratch and bite without a care
And claw their way to... who knows where! They're SO smart!

"They skitter through town and back again
When I give them CHEESE - my ratty friends!"



6-person theater troupe
sponsored by the
Kansas Arts Commission

I play The Narrator, then The Villain in my original
musical melodrama "Pied Piper: The Rest of the Story"

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