‘Hansel & Gretel’ stokes familiar fairy tale with dose of comedy
The latest children’s play by Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School has something for just about everyone.
There’s Hagatha, a witch with keen baking skills and a distaste for children.
There’s a hardworking father who has made a bad remarriage.
And there is the famous pair of siblings, Hansel and Gretel, who rely on their wits and providence when they are alone in the big woods and Hagatha’s nursing a grudge about a certain gingerbread house.
There are other creatures and characters, too.
Hansel and Gretel is a comedic adaptation of the familiar fairy tale about what happens when kids get a craving for a frosted shingle.
Director Elizabeth Lambert leads the campers of the school’s most recent session in an old story peppered with fresh humor.
The theater school is the Denton Community Theatre outreach program for ages 17 and younger.
Each summer, the theater school offers camps that develop young performers’ skills in auditioning, building characters and performing for children and adults.
As in summers past, this year’s campers produce a fully fledged play on the community theater’s main stage to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
And they learn fast — summer theater camps mount productions in about three weeks.
— Lucinda Breeding
HANSEL & GRETEL
What: Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents a stage adaptation of the fairy tale for all ages by Michele L. Vaca.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.
Details: Tickets cost $8. Seating is general admission. For reservations, call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .