Like the story of the Pied Piper, Saskatoon's Sum Theatre hopes to lead people to parks around the city this summer. 

The local theatre group is launching its second season of Theatre in the Park. The troupe will be performing The Pied Piper in 20 parks around the city from July 4 to 23. 

Joel Bernbaum, artistic director for Sum Theatre, says it's a wonderful way to introduce people to theatre.

"When you see someone see the power of the arts the first time, it reminds you of the importance of the arts and reminds me why I'm excited to be an artist," Bernbaum told CBC News.

Performance times and locations can be found at sumtheatre.com

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A group of youngsters take in a performance by Sum Theatre in Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon. (CBC)

Last year, over 4,000 people took in performances of Alice in Wonderland.

Also, as in previous summers, the theatre group will once again be presenting the Canadian Progress Club Youth Engagement Series. In that series the ensemble puts on private performances and drama workshops for at-risk youth.