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Calling all kids to ‘Pipers in the Park’

The Department of Theater and Dance at Troy University will host a 50-year celebration of the Pied Pipers, the children’s theater group, with Pipers in the Park from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the Janice Hawkins Cultural Park on the University campus. The children’s event is free.

Pipers in the Park was started by Dr. David Dye in 1970 as a way to provide live theater for audiences that would not normally be so engaged.

Dye said the Pied Pipers performed anywhere they were invited from elementary schools to libraries to train beds and hollows and even in the middle of the streets.

Dye said Tori Lee Averett, chair of the department of theatre and dance, and Jenny Meadows, have taken the Pied Pipers to an amazingly different level. Saturday’s Pipers in the Park will be a fun and exciting event for children of all ages.

Meadows said there we be socially distance games, crafts, snacks and a cookie walk.

“And, of course, some top-notch performances of timeless stories by our talented Pied Pipers,” Meadows said.

So, children, don’t be surprised to see the Three Little Pigs or that funny Tortoise singing and dancing and having the most fun at Pipers in the Park.

And, the Pipers in the Park is free so don’t stay home Saturday morning when there is so much fun to be had at Pipers in the Park at the Janice Hawkins Cultural Park, where the amphitheater is, on the Troy University campus.