"THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN"
ABOUT THE BALLET
Dance Gala 2006 included the performance of original
choreography by Marilyn Gaston based on "The Pied Piper of Hamelin".
The story takes place in the small town of Hamelin, a
peaceful habitat, until, one day the entire village is
overrun by fearsome rats! The townspeople demand that the
Mayor rid their city of these terrible vermin.
A wandering stranger who calls himself, "The Pied Pier"
appears in the town, playing a tune on his pipe. He tells
the Mayor and his wife that he has magic powers and he will
make the rats disappear in exchange for a bag of gold. The
Mayor agrees to the bargain, and the Pied Piper plays his
flute--the rats follow the Piper out of town, never to be
seen again. But when the Piper returns for his bag of gold,
the Mayor and the townspeople refuse to pay him--they think
his simple magic is not worth a bag of gold.
The Piper tells them they will be sorry they did not honor
their part of the bargain. So once again he plays his
mysterious pipe, and this time it is the children of the
town who follow him away. The town is left in sorrow,
mourning the loss of their children. They beg the Mayor to
pay the Piper.
The Mayor's wife makes her husband pay him, and the Piper
returns the children to Hamelin. Everyone rejoices in a
happy final dance.
Copies of the Interlachen School of
Dance's Spring Dance Gala 2006 & "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"
are available through Interlachen School of Dance.