January 26, 2013
Caleb Dotson, left, plays the Pied Piper in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "The Pied Piper" on Saturday at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Caleb is shown acting out how the Pied Piper will rid the town of Hamelin of its rats.
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The Moffat County High School auditorium was overrun with adorable rats Saturday afternoon. Craig children in kindergarten through sixth grade starred in the Missoula Children’s Theatre two Saturday performances of "The Pied Piper," a tale of a town in serious need of laughter and happiness. Taught to laugh only after the Pied Piper leads the rats and then their children away, the Hamelin townspeople learn the importance of living a happy existence and even invite the rats back to town. The youngest actors played the parts of the rats, but they were far from big and scary. With stage makeup, costumes and one short week of preparation, children took the stage having memorized all their lines and gave a professional performance to the large audience.