Script Title: The
Author: David Gasking
Adults: 2m, 1f leads, + 6m, 1f, 3 either, + chorus
Teenagers: 2 f leads, + 1m, 3 either, + chorus
Younger children: 1m lead, + 2m, + chorus
Script plus song lyrics: 73 pages double spaced A4.
Keyboard and instrumental ensemble arrangements are available as printed
manuscript, in Finale 97 computer music format, or as MIDI, etc export
Interest Level: Family/community
Copyright © 2003,
all rights reserved
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: .David Gasking writes
music, songs, novels and audio scripts, with a particular interest in
light-hearted comedy and work for young people. His six 30-minute episode
comedy series, "The Valhalla Triangle" won first prize in the
2001 Minds Ear Audio Theatre scriptwriting competition and the complete
series is now in production for release as a full cast CD recording summer
INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SCRIPT, CONTACT::
Dr David Gasking
The Piper has previously been performed on stage as a community
production. The songs are in a variety of musical styles: samba, big band,
swing, rap, pop, folk, rock, ballad, etc. This new script is suitable for
recording or performance as a "feel good" audio theatre musical
for the whole family.
Summary of Production Script
Junior newspaper reporter Annie Vent introduces a musical built
upon the traditional tale of the Pied Piper, with added themes of bullying,
being cautious about going off with strangers, and litter. The Town's Mayor is
accepting backhanders from shadowy business man Mr Big. Meanwhile Mrs Read the
School Mistress is fighting a losing battle to persuade her fellow Councillors
to appoint an assistant for the overworked street sweeper, Mr Brunt, or to
launch an anti-litter campaign. Mr Brunt's teenage daughter Molly intervenes to
save Mrs Read's crippled son William from a bunch of bullies and the gang get
their revenge by emptying the contents of all the litter bins back in the
street, thus attracting a plague of rats. Mr Big offers to solve the problem for
the Council, at a price, and the hippie Piper is called in to do the job. His
success is headline news, but when Mr Big and the Council conspire not to pay
the Piper he leads the children away in traditional fashion. Molly saves William
in the nick of time and the pair of them set out to rescue the rest of the
children. In due course, the real baddies get their comeuppance so that everyone
else can live happily ever after. The songs and dialogue are spread out across
the entire cast, with most of the main characters having a modest amount of solo
singing plus sharing in group/chorus numbers.
Excerpt from Production Script
EXCERPT 1: MOLLY AND ANNIE OBSERVE A SECRET RENDEZVOUS
(WHISPERING) What's the matter, Annie? Why ...?
(INTERRUPTING, WHISPERING) Look. But keep your head down.
(WHISPERING) Oh! Isn't that Mr Big and his men in the square ...?
(WHISPERING) Dead right. And if they're not up to something, I'll eat my
(WHISPERING) Yes, it does look suspicious ...
(WHISPERING) I reckon this could turn into something ... big. You know if (STOPS
MUSIC: SNATCH OF MR MAYOR'S THEME
(WITH RELISH) Oh, yes. (PAUSE) What have we here then ...?
(SURPRISED, WHISPERING) It looks like the Mayor ...
(GRIMLY, WHISPERING) And acting mighty suspicious too. (PAUSE) Mr Big in the
shadows outside the Town Hall. Henchman posted each side of the square and now
... our much respected and dearly beloved Town Mayor skulking guiltily across
for some kind of secret rendezvous. If that's not a conspiracy ...
EXCERPT 2: MOLLY RESCUES WILLIAM FROM THE BULLIES
Oh, look guys. It's little Willy Read all on his own!
Whatcha doing hanging round the square, Cripply Creep?
See the notice, Council Meeting tonight. Looks like Mumsy has brought him along
to sit outside. Is that right, Hopalong Willy?
What's that you say, Cripply Creep? I couldn't quite catch that.
FX: SOUNDS OF PUSHING AND JOSTLING
Hey! Watch where you're going, Hopalong!
BULLY 3: Aww. Look at that. I think he's going to cry.
(CHANTING TOGETHER) Cripply Creep! Cripply Creep! Don't you weep! Don't you
weep! Cripply Creep! Cripply Creep! Don't you weep! Don't you weep! Cripply
Creep! Cripply Creep! Don't ...
(HURRYING UP BREATHLESSLY) Hey! Stop that! Leave him alone! You bullies don't
need to pick on him!
What's it to you, Molly Brunt? Eh?
Yeah. Why should we listen to you?
We don't have to do what you say. You're only the Street Sweeper's daughter!
(CHANTING) Manky Molly Brunt. Dirt behind and dirt in front!
Just cut it out and scram before I tell your parents.
(RUNNING AT THE GROUP) Go on! Get lost the lot of you!
FX: BULLIES SCATTER
Come on, fellas. We'll get our own back later.
EXCERPT 3: THE RATS SING (SAMBA)
One rat and two rats, three rats and four
Soon you will have a whole lot more
These are the lessons rat kids must learn
Then there'll be rats wherever you turn
We've been to Rat School we know the score
All round the dustbins, under the floor
No sweat no trouble no fuss
Just leave it up to us
EXCERPT 4: MR BIG'S TWO HENCHMEN SING (BIG BAND)
Anything at a price that's Mr Big's way
Taking care of business and making it pay
Nothing is impossible if you've got the cash
Always providing you don't try to make a dash
Anything at a price that's Mr Big's deal
Honesty in business without a free meal
Though we've got some muscle where we should have had brain
He always knows that we are there to take the strain
EXCERPT 5: FROM THE TV NEWS REPORT (RAP)
Just a moment now, you've got it wrong, that isn't how it was,
For the members of the Council are the ones to thank because
It was we who acted swiftly when confronted with this threat
And the Piper there's a tradesman who just did the job we set!
Well, I think that that's enough for now and thank you Mr Mayor.
When it comes to winning credit, I am sure you'll get your share!
This is Annie Vent returning you to Worldwide TV News
For the headlines on the Piper, who just loves to play the blues.
Wow, that's quite a story, Annie, and it's probably fair to say
That we haven't heard the last yet of the Piper here today
Nonetheless, on that report, I think the viewers must agree
That this dude is quite the coolest cat that they will ever see!
EXCERPT 6: THE PARENTS SING, BLAMING THE MAYOR (ROCK)
You've really messed it up
You've really blown it now
We're on a hunt for justice
And we want it now
You know your time is up
There's no more fancy car
Forget the next election
You won't get that far
Excuses won't be good enough to get you off
You didn't keep your bargain and our kids are gone
So tell us what you mean to do to get them back
Before our final patience runs right out
EXCERPT 7: MOLLY AND WILLIAM REVEAL THE PIPER'S HIDEOUT
(HUSHED VOICE) We'll have to be very quiet from now on. The entrance to the cave
is only just beyond those trees up ahead.
(WHISPERING) What are we going to do when we get there?
(LOUDLY) Why not just rush the door and take him by surprise?
(LOTS OF SHUSHING)
(WHISPERING) That's no good. We don't know if he's dangerous.
(WHISPERING) Molly's right. We can't risk doing anything that might cause him to
harm the children.
(WHISPERING) But we've got to do something.
(WHISPERING) It's definitely a delicate situation. I suggest that we pick
someone to negotiate with him.
Good idea! Maybe he'll agree to let the children go without a fight.
(WHISPERING) Well, I suggest that we choose Mrs Read the School Mistress to talk
to the Piper. She's the only good one on the Council and everyone in the town
(MURMURS OF AGREEMENT)
(WHISPERING) Very well then. I'll do it. But I think that Molly and William
should come up to the door of the cave with me, so that the Piper will see that
we're not here for a fight.
(WHISPERING) In that case, I'll come up with them too, to make sure that they're
safe while you speak to the Piper.
FX: THE WHOLE GROUP MOVES CLOSER TO THE CAVE AND THEN THE FOUR GO ON AHEAD AS
(SOFTLY, WARNING) There's a big stone door that was closed tight when we were
FX: FAINT SOUND OF PIPE MUSIC
(WHISPERING) That's alright, William. I can see the door from here and it looks
like it's open. In fact, that looks like the Piper there now, sitting on the
doorstep practising his music.