Follow the sound of the Piper’s tune this weekend at Beck Center
The Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theater announces the first production of their 65th season “The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The show will run November 7 through 10, 2013 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8 and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. Tickets are on sale now.
In this re-imagined version of this timeless classic by local writer, producer and Emmy Award winner, Robert Thomas Noll, the Rat Commander marches his troops in Hamelin for the sole purpose of scaring everyone and eating every scrap of food. The invasion is so successful that the citizens are soon desperate for a solution.
Enter the Pied Piper who promises to remove all the rats from the town. A price is agreed upon and by playing his magic flute the Piper rids the town of rats by having them jump into the canal to drown (all except one). When it comes time to “pay the Piper” the mayor and town refuses to do so. Once more the Piper begins to play but this time the children of the town are on his heels.
The production has a cast of 65 Beck Center students ranging in age from 6 to 19. The family friendly production is directed by Russ Stich.
"This is a fun script with lots of opportunities for comedic surprises,” commented Stich. “With a cast of 65, you can expect plenty of mischief and mayhem from the rats as they bring chaos into the lives of the citizens of Hamelin."
Tickets are $12 for Adults/Seniors and $10 for Children (18 and under) and may be purchased online at beckcenter.org or by calling 216.521.2540 x10. Tickets for Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit go on sale November 22, 2013. Discounted group rates are available for student matinees and can be scheduled by calling Call Customer Service Manager Rennie Tisdale at 216.521.2450 x28.
Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available.
This production of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
In its 80th year, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for individuals with special needs, and free gallery exhibits year-round. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.