The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel

by  Steph DeFerie

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 7f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 4m or f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)

Pity poor Streptococcus - it should be a piece of cake for a fairy godmother to tell the story of Snow White but her wand is bent and things aren't going quite as they should. Then, to make things worse, she's interrupted by a couple of English policemen who are hot on the trail of two very devious and dangerous criminals - children who are causing no end of trouble in the forest. Their names? Hansel and Gretel! Streptococcus doesn't believe a word of it and neither do a well-behaved pair of kiddies in the audience who volunteer to help her tell Hansel and Gretel's familiar tale. But before everyone lives happily ever after, the police insist on having their say and the well-behaved kiddies aren't happy about that at all... Since there are lots of parts (10 for girls, 5 for boys, and 10 for either), everyone gets a role and since a single forest set is all that's needed for this 60 minute show, it's easy to produce. This is a great fun twist on the familiar, favorite tale.

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The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel

by  Steph DeFerie

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The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 7f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 4m or f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Pity poor Streptococcus - it should be a piece of cake for a fairy godmother to tell the story of Snow White but her wand is bent and things aren't going quite as they should. Then, to make things worse, she's interrupted by a couple of English policemen who are hot on the trail of two very devious and dangerous criminals - children who are causing no end of trouble in the forest. Their names? Hansel and Gretel! Streptococcus doesn't believe a word of it and neither do a well-behaved pair of kiddies in the audience who volunteer to help her tell Hansel and Gretel's familiar tale. But before everyone lives happily ever after, the police insist on having their say and the well-behaved kiddies aren't happy about that at all... Since there are lots of parts (10 for girls, 5 for boys, and 10 for either), everyone gets a role and since a single forest set is all that's needed for this 60 minute show, it's easy to produce. This is a great fun twist on the familiar, favorite tale.
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Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Various places in the deep, dark woods.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 7f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s), 4m or f, 4boy(s) or girl(s)
GRETEL - a little girl
STREPTOCOCCUS - a fairy godmother
SNOW WHITE - an Ogre, yes, an Ogre
HANSEL - a little boy
INSPECTOR WOMBAT -an English police inspector
SERGEANT RINGWORM - an English police sergeant
BRUNHILDA - a wicked step-mother
MAGIC MIRROR - a magical mirror
LILAH - a loving mother
WILHELM - a weak-willed father
MARTA - an evil step-mother
AMANITA PHALLOIDES - a wicked witch
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD - a girl with treats
THE BIG BAD WOLF - a wolf who's big and bad
MOTHER BEAR - a bear
FATHER BEAR - a bear
BABY BEAR - a bear
PORK CHOP - a pig
FLOPSY - a pig
FARGO - a pig
GOLDILOCKS - a cookie seller
JACK - a poor boy who needs money
BLOSSOM - a cow
CHARMING - a prince
FLITSY - another fairy godmother
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Can be done by mixed cast of adult and young performers or young performers alone.

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Authors

Steph DeFerie

Steph DeFerie grew up on Cape Cod and lives there still with cats Bunny and Ruff. She has had no formal instruction in playwriting. Instead, the many, many terrific hours she has spent studying, performing in and attending shows at the Harwich Junior Theatre comprise the majority of her theatrical training. She's ...

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The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel was first performed by the Chatham Middle School Drama Club at the Chatham High School auditorium on Cape Cod, Massachusetts on December 12, 2011.

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