Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel is a classic German fairy tale as imagined by The Brothers Grimm.
It is the story of a poor, young brother and sister who are abandoned by their mother deep in a forest. Lost and hungry, they happen upon a lovely cottage constructed of cake and candy. Little do they know it belongs to a nasty witch who uses it to lure children so she can fatten them up and eat them! The siblings only hope of survival is to find a way to outwit the witch and escape her evil clutches.
Hansel and Gretel features a cast of 38 talented children between the ages of 7 and 19, and is directed by Brenda Goodenberger. “This story was written in the early 1800′s and yet it’s message to children is timeless.” says Goodenberger. “If you persevere and have courage, you can overcome any obstacle! This fairytale also allows children to safely identify with their own fears, and ultimately see good triumph evil, and a family reunited.” This version of the classic story, written by Vera Morris, is also a wonderful introduction to theater for younger children, as Morris has incorporated many characters of fantasy lore, such as fairies, sprites, trolls, and hobgoblins.
Photo Credits: Bailey Hall – Gingerbread Witch, Peyton Sikorski – Gretel, Emilio Cress – Hansel