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The witch (Carolyn Goelzer) orders Gretel (Leah Curney) to bake chickens for Hansel (Nathan Barlow) so that he will fatten up and make tasty stew meat. Photo: Rob Levine (The Children’s Theatre Company, 2004).

Hansel and Gretel (Staffa)

Grimm Brothers, authors
Rosanna Staffa, playwright
Ruth MacKenzie, composer


56 pgs. 3 female, 4 male
Originally produced in CTC’s 2004-2005 season
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 8+

Hansel & Gretel may live with loving, caring parents but there is no food and the children are starving. They can’t even afford to burn their wood for warmth; no it must be saved and sold in hopes of buying food. Watching her children being raked by hunger is devastating Mother. She begs Father to take them away, with the last piece of bread in their house their only hope. Seeing this as a great game to distract them, they sing and dance and leave a trail of crumbs through the forest. Of course, the birds devour the crumbs and the children have no way of finding their way home. Sent by a bird to a glorious house made of every delicious thing, they dive in, eating everything they can get their hands on. This is just what the Witch was hoping for – now the delectable children are trapped! The children have a few tricks of their own, however, and eventually use the Witch’s gluttony to break free. Full of song, dance, laughter, and just a pinch of good-natured scariness, this fairy tale classic is sure to satisfy the entire family.
“There is so much in [Hansel & Gretel] that is breathtaking and magical that it deserves the widest possible audience.” –Pulse of the Twin Cities

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
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