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VALUES KEY IN YARN ABOUT MAGICAL PIPER; LANCASTER PRODUCTION PLAYS MAGIC TUNE OF HONESTY.

Byline: Romy Jacobson Daily News Staff Writer

Honesty and the importance of keeping promises are the lessons of ``The Magical Pied Piper of Hamelin,'' which will be staged today and will feature 45 children.

The story of the magical piper will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. It is a production of the Children's Fairy Tale Theatre in conjunction with Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call (805) 723-5950.

The play was chosen because of the values it instills in children, said director Pamela Jackson, a dance program instructor for the parks department.

``It taught a couple of values that are really important to children,'' Jackson said. ``One is to be honest in all your dealings. And two is, if you're going to make a promise to someone, make sure you are going to try to uphold that promise.''

Jackson, whose three children are in ``The Magical Pied Piper,'' has spent the last 3-1/2 months working with the young cast, which ranges in age from 5 to 17.

``It's rewarding because children give unconditional love, and at the end of the performance you can see all the effort that they've put into the production and the love that they've built between one another,'' Jackson said. ``Lancaster parks and recreation has really tried to make it beneficial for kids to get involved in a theater program.''

A children's cast party will be held Saturday morning at Universal Studios to reward their efforts, Jackson said.

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PHOTO (1-2) Left, Chelsea McQuarrie, who plays a rat, waits her turn to act during a dress rehearsal. Above, Ryan Lucas as the Pied Piper, and Natalie Amaro, who plays a fairy, rehearse a song.

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