Tails of Hamelin - The Characters

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Playing age is for reference as it will depend on the ages of your group. It is merely an indication for costume and aging for younger groups. The gender mix of your actors can be rearranged but the characters should be played as the gender specified. It can be pantomime-like. The costume should be specific to each character. In the case of the stall holders (eg. Herr Glocken, Frau Blumenkohl etc.) they should have costume that have emblems of what they sell. For example, on the skirts of Blumenkohl, vegetables; Glocken, clock parts on his work apron. Bright, Germanic and big. Leading characters should stand out with an indication of what they do. There are singing roles and non-singing roles, to aid inclusivity.

The Storyteller
Singing role. Female. Playing age: Mid 20s upwards. Happy disposition. Can get flustered. She always tries to keep the story running smoothly despite the villagers’ constant interruptions.

The Pied Piper
Singing role. Male. Playing age: 20 upwards. A Glam Rock Star Musician. Something of a Russell Brand/Captain Jack/Marc Bolan/Keith Richards look about him. Mysterious, tall and willowy, lively and strange.

The Rat King
Singing role, Male. Playing age: 20 upwards. The Rat King of the Underworld. 1930s Mob boss. Suave and tall. Dangerous and dark. Captain Hook meets Don Corleone.

Burgermeister Schmalz
Singing role. Male. Playing Age: 50 upwards. The mayor of Hamelin. Portly, bumptious and vain. A sly politician. Henpecked by his wife.

Frau Schmalz
Singing role. Female. Playing age: 40 upwards. The mayor’s wife. Strong, loud, portly. Vain and dragon-like.

Herr Glocken
Singing role. Male. Playing age: 50 upwards. The clock seller. Gepetto/Einstein look about him. One of the clowns of the piece. Moustachioed, slightly foolish but rather sarcastic.

Herr Strudel
Singing role. Male. Playing age: Mid 20s upwards. The baker. Rotund. Slightly dainty due to his love of theatre and romance. Eats as much as he sells. Clown of the piece as part of the trio of stall holders.

Frau Blumenkohl
Singing role. Female. Playing age: Mid 20s upwards. The grocer. Rebellious and forms the third in the clown trio. Quick witted, tall and can be quite hard-nosed.

Hans
Singing role. Male/Female. Playing age: No older than 11. The crippled boy. Small, weak and pale. He walks with a crutch. He is very much like Tiny Tim.

Scabs
Non-singing role. Male. Playing age: Mid 20s upwards. The Rat King’s henchman. Short and fat. Comedy foil to The Rat King. Always scratching and quite fidgety.

Ratzella
Non-singing role. Female. Playing age: Mid 20s upwards. The Rat King’s moll. Ditzy, dumb blonde flapper girl of the 1920s. Pretty and shapely.

Mike Boom
Non-singing role. Male. Playing age: 30 upwards. ‘Eye on Hamelin’ News Anchor. Vain and self-important.

Deirdre
Non-singing role. Female. Playing age: Mid 30s upwards. A make-up girl. Quite dowdy, horn-rimmed glasses, librarian like and very sarcastic.

Silas P. Slopegutter
Non-singing role. Male. Playing age: 40 upwards. A rat catcher. Slimy, sly and dirty. A con man. Top hatted, melodrama villain. Seen better days. He is ‘of the gutter’. Cockney.

Etta
Non-singing role. Female. Playing Age. No older than 15. A village child. Caring, thoughtful and quite a leader.

Dieter
Non-singing role. Male/ Female. Played as a boy. Playing age: No older than 14. A village child. Bit of a bully.

Councillor for Health and Safety
Singing Role. Male/Female. Played Male. Playing Age: 40s upwards An officious official. Well to do, well fed and well heeled. He wears a lab coat and goggles over his suit. He has a hazard sign on the back of his labcoat. He is rather jittery and has a cold.

Councillor for Finance
Singing Role. Male/Female. Played Male. Playing Age: 40s upwards An officious official. Well to do, well fed and well heeled. He is dressed as a banker with bowler hat and briefcase. He is slimy and miserly.

Councillor for Housing
Singing Role. Male/Female. Played Male. Playing Age: 40s upwards An officious official. Well to do, well fed and well heeled. He is big and burly like a builder and carries tools of the trade, like hard hat and Hi-viz but suited.