Company of Fools
stages ‘The Pied Piper’
Express Arts Editor
Browning, the 19th century poet, first made the legend of the
Pied Piper famous when he wrote a poem by the title "The Pied Piper
of Hamelin." That story and poem has been told countless times and to
many a different audience.
residents of the Wood River Valley will have an opportunity to enjoy a
dramatic version of the story when Company of Fools presents "The
Pied Piper," Friday, Sept. 28, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. It
continues through Oct. 7.
directs this production starring Chad Smith as the Pied Piper. Andrew
Alburger and Sheila Summers also have lead roles. Other actors in the
production include Sharon Barto, Mackenzie Harbaugh, Renee Knappenberger,
John Cortese, Scout Willis and Russell Simone Wilson.
Jones wrote the script for the production. Jones also wrote the Company of
Fools’ productions of "A Christmas Carol," "Jack and the
Beanstalk" and "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse."
Pied Piper story is about the German town of Hamelin that is suffering
from an infestation of rats. A man goes to the town mayor and, for a fee,
offers to remove the rats. The mayor agrees, and the man proceeds to walk
down the street playing his pipe. Hearing the music, the rats come out,
follow the piper and eventually drown in the Weser River. When the Piper
returns to town, the mayor refuses to pay him. And so goes the story.
Fools plans both evening and matinee performances. On Sept. 28 and 29 and
Oct. 5 and 6 performances will be at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. On Sept. 30 and
Oct. 7, the curtain time is 3 p.m.
now on sale at the Company of Fools box office, located in the front of
The Mint on Main Street in Hailey or online at www.ticketweb.com. Tickets
are $8 for adults and children. Children 3 and under are admitted free of