Hansel and Gretel (Walter)

by  Kristin Walter, Michael Walter, Grimm Brothers, Karen Biscopink

Short Musical, Drama  /  3m, 4f

"Hansel and Gretel may not be the one the Brothers Grimm envisioned, but it works better as children's theatre." -Off-Off Broadway Review


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Interior of cottage. The forest. Interior and exterior of witch's candy house.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat

Music

  • Musical Style: Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

3m, 4f
HANK
GERTIE
MOTHER
FATHER
WITCH 
BOY 
GIRL
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

Resources

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Full Package

8 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is the author of The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel,

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Michael Walter

Michael Walter

 Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers

Karen Biscopink

Karen Biscopink

Hansel and Gretel was originally produced by the celebrated and critically-acclaimed Manhattan Children's Theatre in 2009.

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