Hansel and Gretel (Walter)

by  Grimm Brothers, Kristin Walter, Michael Walter, 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


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre


    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • 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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"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.


Performing Groups

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


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • 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


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


3m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

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


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8 Piano/Vocal Scores

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 Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers

Kristin Walter

Kristin Walter is the author of The Selfish Giant, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Last of the Dragons, among others. A committed advocate for children’s theatre, Ms. Walter has toured as an actress and director with Missoula Children’s Theatre, worked as the Education Director of Cali ...

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Michael Walter

Michael Walter

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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