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The cast of Pied Piper the Musical rehearse for their performances on April 12 and 13 in the Starbuck Community Hall.

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The cast of Pied Piper the Musical rehearse for their performances on April 12 and 13 in the Starbuck Community Hall. Photo Store

Watch out for the Pied Piper, who hypnotizes youngsters with his magical music, onstage at Starbuck Community Hall on April 12 and 13.

Starbuck’s Kids Community Theatre Group is performing Pied Piper, the
Musical this year and members are now busy rehearsing for their two shows.

Co-directors Valerie Jowett and Christine Houde are working with 23 cast members.

"This year, almost all the children (who performed in last year’s show) came back," Jowett said.

She said Pied Piper features more music than did previous shows, and this is a challenge for the young actors who are under the musical direction of Carissa Boschmann, with Patsy Andrews-Vert on piano.

Jowett said the story centres on the piper who comes to Hamelin to lure away the town’s rats. However, when the town officials refuse to pay him for his work, he uses his magical flute to mesmerize the children and lead them away from town.

Levi Jowett-Stark, 10, is acting in a few roles as pest control officer and a street cleaner.

"I help to get rid of the rats," he said.

He’s been in other Kids Theatre productions, and says Pied Piper is a good one.

Jowett said she’s been looking for costumes in thrift stores for the past few months as preparation for the annual musical theatre production begins long before the show is staged. Rehearsals start in early January, and increase in frequency in the weeks leading up to the show date.

"It’s a time commitment," she said.

The directors have made sure their production doesn’t conflict with the Starbuck United Church Players’ annual dinner theatre, but this year marked that group’s final performance. Their last production was A Family Reunion to Die For and was staged on March 14 and 15.

Jowett is hoping that both of the Kids Theatre shows will be sell-outs, although she said the group’s purpose isn’t to make money.

She added that the Starbuck United Church members recently held a pancake dinner and donated the proceeds to the Kids Theatre. The local Starbuck Credit Union is another major sponsor.

The musical starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Tickets are $5 and available at Dawn til Dusk in Starbuck.

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