The Pied Piper
- Date: Friday, 11 November 2016, 7:30pm
- Venue: WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Shepparton — Corner Homewood Drive & Echuca Road, Mooroopna, VIC
- Series: This event is part of the The Pied Piper - regional tour series
- Tickets: Adult: $34 | Concession: $28 | Child (17 or under): $22 | Family of 4: $76 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 5832 9511
Based on 'The Pied Piper' of Hamelin and Robert Browning’s classic poem, this enchanting new family production with a surprise happy ending is told through song in traditional operatic format written by Artistic Director Richard Mills.
The town of Hamelin is plagued by rats. The rodents have been eating cheeses out of vats and making nests in men’s Sunday hats. The desperate Mayor turns to a mysterious fellow in a gypsy coat of red and yellow, who with his magical charm rids the town of vermin. But, when the greedy Mayor refuses to pay, the townspeople are taught a lesson they will never forget.
A magical music-maker coming to town seemed the perfect tale to transform into a community created work to travel around Victoria. The Pied Piper builds on the success of previous touring projects including The Magic Pudding – the opera (2013) and Remembrance (2015) and continues Victorian Opera’s commitment to inspiring all Victorians in the magic of opera.
Adults and children from the community perform alongside Victorian Opera’s developing artists and a chamber orchestra to tell this classic story with new perspectives.
In a regional tour supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, The Pied Piper invites regional towns to make this magical opera their own. Adults and children in each town will sing various roles including citizens, schoolchildren and, of course, rats. A unique musical event, based on community involvement and the joy of singing.
- Performer Victorian Opera
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