Excelsior Arts Academy and Youth Theater: The Pied Piper
Excelsior Arts Academy & Youth Theater is pleased to announce the summer production of the comedy The Pied Piper to be held at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater on Friday July 12th at 7:30 pm and Saturday July 13th at 6 pm. This performance is part of the Outdoor Theater’s annual Pajamas in the Park night where the event focus is on younger kids. This production is possible due to a generous grant from the Auburn Arts Commission as well as a sponsorship from Auburn Glass Fabrication – Carlex Glass LLC. The Pied Piper is the story of the town of Hamelin Germany overrun with rats who are eating everything including the townspeople’s clothing. A stranger comes to town and tells the Mayor that he will rid the town of their problem if he will pay him one thousand guilders. The Mayor agrees and the Pied Piper leads the rats from the town to the river where they drowned. When the Pied Piper comes to collect, the Mayor backs out on the agreement and refuses to pay. Several days later, the Pied Piper returns and leads all of the children of the town up into a mountain cave, never to be seen again. Excelsior’s director of drama – Mary Kay Clark, is directing her original adaptation of this story. The Pied Piper features kids ages 8 to 22 years old from around the Northeast Indiana area. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend the performances dressed in their PJ’s and ready for a good bedtime story. Excelsior Arts Academy & Youth Theater is currently based at First Christian Church in Auburn Indiana. Excelsior focuses on giving kids confidence and self assurance through the medium of theater. The Arts Academy offers classes in drama, voice and stage movement in the spring and the fall. As well, the Youth Theater stages 3 shows annually, two for ages 8 to 22 years old and one that is open to anyone of any age who enjoys performing on stage. You can find more information about The Pied Piper, the Arts Academy or the Youth Theater by going to their website at www.ExcelsiorArtsAcademy.com. Information is also available on Facebook at @ExcelsiorArtsAcademy.