Missoula Children’s Theatre to perform ‘Pied Piper’

Photo by Brett Dunlap Alicia Batterson of the Missoula Children’s Theatre group works with local students at the Smoot Theater in Parkersburg on the production of “The Pied Piper,” which will be performed Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the theater.

PARKERSBURG — What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? You call the Pied Piper! Take a trip to Hamelin Town this Saturday with the Missoula Children’s Theatre group at the Smoot Theatre.

More than 50 local students will perform an original musical adaptation of the classic tale “The Pied Piper” at the Smoot Theater Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Sara, an orphan girl, and the other townspeople of Hamelin Town turn to the mayor of Hamelin and the council when their town is threatened. They then call on the Pied Piper to save them from the troublesome creatures. The mayor’s children, staff and the cooks also join in the endeavor. Find out what happens when the town chooses not to pay the Piper and the children are led away from the town along with the rats.

The local cast features Kaleb Windland of Edison Middle School as the Pied Piper and Willow Peyton of Parkersburg Catholic Middle School as Sara.

The rest of the cast includes:

* Mayor’s Son — Aidan Klingler — Belpre Jr. High

* Mayor’s Daughter — Kiera Trembly — Jackson Middle School

* Mayor’s Youngest — Emma Withrow — Neale

* Council — Erin Carmicle — Blennerhassett Middle School

* Council — Braden Deguzman — Edison Middle School

* Council — Jordan Edwards — Parkersburg High School

* Council — Abby Farnsworth — Parkersburg South High School

* Council — Amylia Myers — Homeschool

* Council — Clare Walker — Williamstown High School

* Hamelin Administrative Team (H.A.T.S.) — Ava Cotrill — Hamilton Middle School

* H.A.T.S. — Rachel McClung — Parkersburg Catholic High School

* H.A.T.S. — Naomi Potts — Jackson Middle School

* H.A.T.S. — Elliza Towner — Wood County Christian School

* H.A.T.S. — Illyana Vesel — Homeschool

* H.A.T.S. — Brittany Ward — Jackson Middle School

* Cook — Eisley Adams-Morrison — Mineral Wells Elementary School

* Cook — Bell Bergum — Homeschool

* Cook — Isaac Blair — Homeschool

* Cook — Hannah Greathouse — Warren Middle School

* Cook — Alexander Johnson — Neale

* Cook — Jonathan Johnson — Neale

* Cook — Maks Klemick — Criss Elementary

* Cook — Asia Richards — Emerson

* Cook — Jackson Whited — Neale

* Barber — Alex Marshall — Criss

* Barber — Christian Marshall — Criss

* Barber — Mollie Smith — Warren Middle School

* Barber — Taylor Starkey — Waterford Elementary

* Townskid — Chloe Barnhouse — Lubeck Grade School

* Townskid — Jenna Beane — Greenmont Elementary School

* Townskid — Andrew Brown — Franklin

* Townskid — Lilly Burrell — Williamstown Elementary

* Townskid — Rachel Farnsworth — Kanawha Elementary

* Townskid — Zander Greathouse — Warren Elementary

* Townskid — Elaina Koskey — Blennerhassett Elementary School

* Townskid — Josh McClung — Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School

* Townskid — Olivia Sheppard — Homeschool

* Townskid — Lena Sue Skidmore — Franklin

* Townskid — Kathryn Vesel — Homeschool

* Townskid — Kalianna Washington — Criss Elementary

* Townskid — Cameron Westfall — Phillips

* Rat — Mia Ball — Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School

* Rat — Gabe Bergum — Homeschool

* Rat — Nathanael Blair — Homeschool

* Rat — Oakley Buchanan — Neale

* Rat — Allie Burrell — Williamstown Elementary

* Rat — Zackary Lantz — Phillips Elementary

* Rat — Fallon Lindamood — North Christian School

* Rat — Lily Longoria — Neale Elementary

* Rat — Kuinna Merrill — Wirt County Elementary

* Rat — Finley Mies — Homeschool

* Rat — Grady Mies — Homeschool

* Rat — Evelyn Moss — Homeschool

* Rat — Marcella Moss — Homeschool

* Rat — Gwynn Myers — Homeschool

* Rat — Kamirah Washington — Criss Elementary

* Assistant Director — Alethea Koskey — Blennerhassett Middle School and Assistant Director — Zoe Koskey — Blennerhassett Middle School.

* Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children for both showings and are available online through the Smoot Theatre’s website and at the door. The show lasts about one hour with no intermission. For more information, call the Smoot Theatre at 304-422-7529.

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