The Bremen Town Musicians

  • Title: The Bremen Town Musicians
  • Author: The Brothers Grimm
  • Director: Marques Brown
  • Date Posted: June 28, 2011
  • Length: 30:44 minutes (28.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

The Bremen Town Musicians
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A donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster team up to create a rockin' musical quartet. They set off for the big city in search of fame and fortune -- and find some surprises along the way. Performed live (with help from the audience) at the Memphis Children's Theatre Festival on May 28, 2011.





Cast and Crew

Role   Name
Narrator ..................... Marques Brown
Donkey ..................... Steven Gary
Dog ..................... Darrin Hillis
Cat ..................... Kell Christie
Rooster ..................... Stephen Garrett
Musician ..................... Steven Gary
Musician ..................... Darrin Hillis
Song Lyrics ..................... Marques Brown
Audience Percussion Instruments ..................... Karen Strachan
Producer ..................... Robert Arnold
Adaptation ..................... Marques Brown
Director ..................... Marques Brown
Announcer ..................... Tom Badgett
Artist ..................... Andrew Chandler


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Notes

"The Musicians of Bremen Town," which has been retold countless times by The Brothers Grimm and many others, has always been a favorite folk story of mine. I was surprised when I mentioned the title of this project to others how many people hadn’t heard of it before. I thought this gave the story and even greater appeal, really, and was excited to work on my own adaptation.

It would be unfair of me, at this point, not to give a nod to several other theatre groups and people who are near and dear to me who have likewise worked on versions of this story, some of which I have been involved with, and others I had only heard about, including ShoWagon of Theatre Memphis and the Pied Pipers of Freed-Hardeman University. Much of my inspiration for this adaptation comes their own re-tellings of the story.

In any case, I figured that it was time for Chatterbox to have a piece that was not only a great story for the kids, but that stretched our own artistic boundaries as well -- and what better way than creating our very first musical production? This story is, of course, perfect for a musical adaptation, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with some wonderful local musicians to bring it to life. They not only helped to discover the music within the characters, but also voiced a couple of them as well.

Finally, I was honored, as always, to be able to include this show in the line-up at another wonderful Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival, with the help of Voices of the South and Rhodes College.

I hope you enjoy this story for its entertainment value, as well as its many morals, including its philosophy on self-worth, integrity, and fellowship.

Keep listening!!

--Marques W. Brown



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