Pied Pipers of Harding


“One-Two-Three!     Once upon a time...”

It’s the way a story starts whenever the Pied Pipers perform.

The Pied Pipers are a children’s theatre troupe from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.  The Pipers are improvisational, with every performance being a different and delightful blend of familiar fairy and folk tales, nursery rhymes, poems, games and songs.  Every performance is designed for the age and number of children.  The exposure to the world of children’s literature ranges from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein, Aesop to Sendak.

The Pied Pipers wear jumpsuits of brightly colored material as their single costume and no props are used-- imagination is  the key.  Pipers become the houses, trees, etc., often using members of the audience to help them. Personal participation is an important part of each Pied Piper performance, and awakens in the child an awareness of the very essence of theatre-- involvement.  The Pipers can perform in any space, ranging from closets to gymnasiums and do not require a stage or sound equipment.

The Pied Pipers of Harding are available for performances and workshops to all public and private school systems, children’s homes, hospitals, preschool centers, mentally retarded and handicapped centers, libraries, churches, children’s theatre organizations, local art councils, as well as private and commercial businesses or groups.  Donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to cover travel expenses. 

The Pied Pipers of Harding have a desire to entertain children in a way that enlivens the imagination and enriches their experience by broadening their horizons.  We invite you to make the Pied Pipers of Harding part of your own and your children’s plans.


For further information, please contact Dottie Frye, Box 10873, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas  72149-0001 or call (501) 279-4492 or e-mail at dfrye@harding.edu

an improvisational children’s theatre troupe