The singing, rhyming citizens of Hamelin hope to win a competition with rival towns for royal recognition. To this end, the mayor outlaws play (which is a bit hard on the children) and refuses to help a rival town when it's flooded. But rats (seen only as shadows), fleeing the flood, invade Hamelin in droves; a magical piper, whose music only children (and rats) can hear, strikes a bargain...which, once the rats are gone, the Mayor and council renege on, to their subsequent regret. Written by
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[he hears the Piper's music, but Mara can't
Listen! The music of the Piper!
No, Truson, he's gone!
Yes, gone... and our honor with him, that's what I fear.
What the Piper will do to us?
No... what we've done to ourselves.
Edited into Santa's Fantasy Fair
Feats of the Piper
Music by Edvard Grieg
(adapted from "Anitra's Dance" from "Peer Gynt")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Van Johnson
and Villagers See more