With the magic tunes of his flute, a piper saves a village struck by a vermin invasion. However, the King goes back on his word and refuses to pay the piper, who leaves the village angrily but soon comes back for revenge…
The Magic Flute is an adaptation of the legend “The Pied Piper of Hamlin”, and tells the story of a happy village which is suddenly struck by a rat infestation. Nobody, not even the King, has a solution for the problem, until one day a man dressed in pied garments appears in the village claiming to be a rat-catcher. The King summons the piper and orders him to remove the rats from the village, and promises to reward the piper for doing so. With the magic tunes of his flute, the piper lures the rats out of the village and into the river where they all drown.
Despite this success, the King goes back on his word and refuses to pay the rat-catcher, who leaves the village angrily but soon comes back for revenge. In the middle of the night, while the village is asleep, the piper begins to play his flute and all the children of the village wake up and follow him. The piper leads them to a mountain where he closes them into a cave. As the villagers wake up and discover their children have disappeared, they call upon the King to pay his dues to the piper and save their children. The King however refuses and is overthrown by the villagers. With a new benevolent queen on the throne, the piper is paid, the children return and peace is restored in the village.
The play was performed by the youth acting group The Dragons, who toured in France in April and May 2009. Performances were made to full houses in Toulouse, Paris and the Nantes region, reaching an audience of over 1500 people. The tour was organized by Les Amis Du Théâtre de la Liberté de Jénine (ATL Jénine).
The Freedom Theatre would like to thank ATL Jénine for their hard work in making the tour in France possible!