Follow the trail of breadcrumbs all the way to Dallas Children’s Theater to see HANSEL AND GRETEL
March 4 – April 3, 2016. North Dallas Gazette readers can win tickets by visiting our Facebook page.
Heroes take destiny into their own hands when Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts present the updated production of HANSEL AND GRETEL, running from March 4, 2016 through April 3 at Dallas Children’s Theater.
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.
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.
“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.”
Opening Night Party – Friday, March 4!
On opening night, 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. Tickets for HANSEL AND GRETEL range in price from $13 to $26; lap seats are available for children under 3 years old. To reserve your tickets for a family-friendly retelling of HANSEL AND GRETEL, please call the DCT Box Office at 214-740-0051 or visit dct.org.