The best children's shows place a high premium on audience interaction, unlike the opera or traffic court. Rustle up some kid-friendly fun with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for two tickets to see Hansel and Gretel (up to a $30 value)
- Where: Theater Works at The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
- When: Friday–Sunday, May 10–26
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view all available dates and times.
Hansel and Gretel
An impoverished woodcutter finds himself trapped by the burden of famine, unable to provide steady meals for his family. His second wife, a selfish woman, sees a way to fix this. She leads their children, little Hansel and Gretel, deep into a dark forest and leaves them. Lost, afraid, hungry, the brother and sister wander in circles until they stumble upon a cottage. But this is no ordinary cottage. In place of bricks and mortar, its walls are made of cake and candy, and instead of a friendly forest dweller, the Gingerbread Witch emerges. She uses her palace of sweets to lure in the children and fatten them up so they'll make a fine meal. Using their bravery and wit, the children work to escape her clutches, encountering fairies, trolls, and hobgoblins along the way.
The Brothers Grimm immortalized this classis German fairy tale, paving the way for playwright Vera Morris's child-friendly adaptation. A cast of nearly 40 youths between the ages of 7 and 19 brings the characters to life under the guidance of director Brenda Goodenberger. Despite its modern changes, the story's moral remains the same according to Goodenberger: "If you persevere and have courage, you can overcome any obstacle."
Theater Works Peoria
Since 1986, Theater Works Peoria's mission has been to shower northwest suburban Phoenix with engaging entertainment, produced by members of their own community. Directors mount productions of Broadway plays and musicals, holiday classics, and adaptations from film, literature, and Bazooka bubblegum wrappers. A bevy of youth programs line up a parallel season of plays, workshops, and camps.