© Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now
Rats were running rampant upon the stage Tuesday afternoon at Cumberland North Academy. Rats rehearsing their roles in Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper is: (front, from left) Nathan Moore, Liz Moysey, Emma Black, Wyatt MacDonald, Montana LeBlanc, Emma White, (back, from left) Ethan Kierstead, Emmett Forshner, Katrina LeBlanc, Emily Miller, Parker Finley and Mikayla Grant.
BROOKDALE – Rats will invade Cumberland North Academy Wednesday and Thursday night.
“We’re doing the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin,” said Nancy Tucker, music teacher at CNA.
Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper, a humorous fairy tale, is a musical being staged by 70 students in Grades 3 to 6 at CNA.
“The town of Hamelin is overrun by rats and people are annoyed with the mayor and town council, and they can’t come up with any solutions,” said Tucker.
A piper arrives and says he can get rid of the rats with his magic flute music.
“The town agrees to pay the piper a certain amount to lead the rats away,” said Tucker. “When he’s done the job the town refuses to pay.
The piper takes his revenge on the town by turning all the children into statues.
"The kids have been rehearsing the play since January, and when asked if the kids are ready, Tucker says, “There’s always last minute glitches but we’re doing our best.
“There’s a lot of backstage running around with props so they have to remember a lot of stage directions,” she added.
Wednesday night’s production will feature the Apple cast acting on stage and the Orange cast as the chorus beside the stage. The next night the Orange cast is acting and the Apple cast is the chorus.
Cumberland North Academy has been open eight years, and there has been one play every year.
“The children love the fairy tales they love the once-upon-a-time stories, so we’ve done a lot of those kinds of plays,” said Tucker.
Tucker gives thanks to Grade 6 teacher Mrs. Vansnick who is helping with the direction of the drama, and parent volunteer Joanne Carter who has done all the sets and costumes.
“They’ve done a fabulous job,” said Tucker.
The musical starts at 7 p.m. on both nights.