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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The children sing about gathering straw for their part in making bricks. Adobe bricks are made of straw and mud. Kiln bricks are used in building the tower. Kiln bricks are made of clay, sand, and some metal. Straw is not used. See more
[speaking of the plague of rats
Leaders of virtue; character builders, / To rid your town of this verminous pox, / My fee is fifty thousand guilders.
Fifty thousand guilders?
You've lost your mind!
Edited into Santa's Fantasy Fair
Music by Edvard Grieg
(adapted from "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen")
Lyrics by Irving Taylor
Sung by Doodles Weaver and chorus See more