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Sherborne Girls perform RATS! The Musical

Published Tuesday 31st of March 2015 01:45:35 PM

Last week over 40 Sherborne girls took to the stage for three performances of the exciting musical adaptation of the story of The Pied Piper Of Hamelin.

The Narrator tells the tale of a town plagued by vermin, explaining these are not ordinary rats; these rodents are mischievous and malicious, up-ending dustbins and vandalising the town. The citizens are unhappy; they fear Hamelin is gaining the reputation of 'the smelliest town in the nation'. They turn for help to the Mayor, who is at a loss what to do; by some strange coincidence, a Piper arrives in Hamelin and offers to take the rats away. He leads them to the Weser River, where they all, apart from the Rat Leader, drown.

The Piper returns to Hamelin to claim his fee. When the Mayor refuses to pay for this service, the Piper retaliates by turning his power that he put in his instrument on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. Only a small Crippled Boy remains, too slow to follow his friends into the mountains.

This hugely successful musical by Nigel Hess and Jeremy Browne is an adaptation of the traditional legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning. With a cast which included every girl in Year 7 and 8 at Sherborne Girls, the show proved to be fun and fast-moving.

Supported by John Jenkins (Musical Director) and Lucy Warwick (Assistant Musical Director) and flute player Flora Wordie, this was an exciting, ambitious and light-hearted production by Director Jenny Moore and the girls of Aldhelmsted West, our boarding house for girls aged 11 to 13.

Congratulations to everyone for the first 'West' production a fine success!
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