Beck Center Youth Theater to Open Season with THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN, 11/7-10
Beck Center Youth Theater presents the first production of their 65th anniversary season, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, November 7-10, 2013, on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 8 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. A special student matinee performance is 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 7. Tickets are now on sale.
This charmingly upbeat play has been reimagined by local writer, producer, and Emmy Award winner Robert Thomas Noll. The Rat Commander leads his troops into Hamelin with a mission to scare the people witless and eat every scrap of food there is. The invasion is so terrifically successful that the citizens are soon desperate. Suddenly, a Pied Piper arrives, promising a solution. The Mayor agrees to his price, but when the time comes to pay the Piper, he refuses. This time, the children of the town follow the piper's tune.
With a cast of 65 Beck Center students ages 6 to 19, this family-friendly production is directed by Russ Stich. "This is a fun script with lots of opportunities for comedic surprises," commented Stich. "With a cast of 65, you can expect plenty of mischief and mayhem from the rats as they bring chaos into the lives of the citizens of Hamelin."
The 65th season also includes Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit, December 13-22, 2013, The Children's Hour, presented by Beck Teen Theater, February 21-March 2, 2014, and The Wizard of Oz, May 9-18, 2014. "For our anniversary year, I wanted to bring back some familiar titles both classic and contemporary" remarked Associate Director of Theater Education Jonathan Kronenberger. "The plays this season all explore, in either a small or large way, the choices we make as individuals and how those choices affect not only ourselves, but also those around us."
Tickets are $12 for Adults/Seniors and $10 for Children (18 and under) and may be purchased online at beckcenter.org or by calling 216.521.2540 x10. Tickets for Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit go on sale November 22, 2013. Discounted group rates are available for student matinees and can be scheduled by calling Call Customer Service Manager Rennie Tisdale at 216.521.2450 x28. In a show of support for Beck Youth Theater's 65th Anniversary Mitchell's Ice Cream is supplying a "Here's the Scoop" voucher, valid for a free scoop of ice cream, with each Youth Theater ticket sold this season.
Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available. This production of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
In its 80th year, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional Theater Productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for individuals with special needs, and free gallery exhibits year-round. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.