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Hansel and Gretel (Kenny)

Grimm Brothers, authors
Mike Kenny, playwright


67 pgs. 2 female, 2 male
Originally produced by Oxford Touring Company, UK, in 2008
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes with intermission
Audience Recommendation: 6+

It is dinner time and once again, and as usual the children push around the food on their plate, complain and act rudely. So tonight instead of dinner, Mother tells the story of Hansel and Gretel. As the story evolves of two hungry children abandoned in the forest by their parents and their capture by a wicked witch, the family embraces their roles and find a Happily Ever After ending.

“The sparkling re-telling of the familiar tale of breadcrumbs and wicked witches still retains an occasional chilling moment but provides great family entertainment with a few surprises and a fair helping of seasonal fun.” -North Wales Chronicle

“Kenny makes a fascinating parallel between the resources needed by a story’s characters and the story-telling imagination of the family members.” -Reviews Gate

“Playwright Mike Kenny has given the story a new twist without losing any of its essence; the parents begin by telling it to their ungrateful and complaining children; then the family become part of the story themselves.” -Sparkler

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