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
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Now! a giant color spectacle! from the pages of the immortal classics comes this famous story!..
Did You Know?
Hamelin is a town in Germany. They speak of using Guilders to pay the piper and to melt into gold bells. The Guilder was a Dutch coin and was silver. 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
The Emissary's Song
Music by Edvard Grieg
(adapted from "Arabian Dance" from "Peer Gynt")
Sung by Villagers See more