Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Interior of cottage. The forest. Interior and exterior of witch's candy house.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)
Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
In this twist on the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are actually"Hank and Gertie," two poor children from the hills of Appalachia. When a witch moves in to town and puts their parents under a spell, these intrepid siblings must outsmart and defeat her. A musical, this version of the story is set to a beautiful bluegrass score.
"Hansel and Gretel may not be the one the Brothers Grimm envisioned, but it works better as children's theatre." -Off-Off Broadway Review"(The) bluegrass score, filled with energetic fiddling and earnest ballads, also leavens the proceedings. But it never seems out of place. What could be better than country music for a tale of backwoods hope and betrayal." - The New York Times.
Hansel and Gretel was originally produced by the celebrated and critically-acclaimed Manhattan Children's Theatre in 2009.