Follow the trail of breadcrumbs all the way to Dallas Children’s Theater to see HANSEL AND GRETEL ! Heroes take destiny into their own hands when Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts present this updated production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Hansel and Gretel get lost in an enchanted forest while searching for food and after spoiling their whole family’s dinner, they must use their powers of imagination and problem solving to save themselves from a crafty old witch with a house made of gingerbread and candy. Puppeteers follow the storyline of the centuries-old fairytale that has been told time and time again. When B. Wolf adapted HANSEL AND GRETEL for DCT, she made slight changes to some of the more graphic elements to reflect the family-friendly audiences that Dallas Children’s Theater caters to. Wolf has been writing and puppeteering for Kathy Burks for 40 years, and composing music productions for DCT since 1995.
Audiences will hear variations of melodies from Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th century opera, Hansel und Gretel, in the songs and underscore also written by Wolf. People will recognize one of the most well-known songs from the opera in HANSEL AND GRETEL’s fourth song, Prayer. Actors sing this tune as the lost children try to go to sleep in the mystical, dark forest. In the song, angels descend to protect the children as they sleep. “This story is a very, very old fairytale but it’s still relevant today,” says Kathy Burks. “Hansel and Gretel solved their problem and learned how to deal with bad things and scary things. They began to think for themselves and realized what their mother and father taught them about life.” The title character puppets both received brand new, hand sculpted heads this year. “Sometimes your head gets a little too big,” joked Kathy Burks, namesake of the puppetry troupe. “We decided that Hansel and Gretel needed a fresh outlook on this. Sometimes you just have to freshen things up.” This year, senior designer Sally Fiorello and her team spent more than a month designing, sculpting and painting individual heads for both Hansel and Gretel. The puppets appearing in this production were first used over 20 years ago.
Dallas Children’s Theater features professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through mainstage productions (12 in the 2015-16 season), a national touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.
Don’t miss the opening Night Party on Friday, March 4! Audience members will leave with a small bag of treats from Amy’s Chocolate Gifts to enjoy from home—not a mysterious trail. Before the show on March 4, patrons will be surrounded by a thicket of activities including face painting, a lollipop-themed craft, and giveaways.
Where: Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, Texas 75231
When: Friday, March 4, 7:30 PM – Opening Night thru Sunday, April 3, 4:30 PM
Cost: Tickets for HANSEL AND GRETEL range in price from $13 to $26; lap seats are available for children under 3 years old.
Tickets or call the DCT Box Office 214.740.0051