The Brothers Grimm get a modern makeover when the Quintessence Theatre Group revives Hansel & Gretel at Philadelphia's Sedgwick Theater. An economic downturn puts a successful builder out of work and leaves him, his second wife and their two children in dire straits. Feeling like burdens to their struggling parents, Hansel and Gretel run off in the middle of the night and try to survive on their own. On the verge of abandoning hope, they stumble upon a glorious house made out of gingerbread and they're welcomed inside by a wealthy old woman who invites them to live with her. Have their lives been saved, or is the fantasy life they've found not what it seems? You and your young fairytale-lovers can follow the trail of breadcrumbs that leads to the exciting conclusion. Complete with songs by composer David Cope, this contemporary retelling of Hansel & Gretel continues Quintessence's tradition of family classics for the holiday season.
Running time is one hour and 10 minutes.
This production is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Baked goods are available, for purchase, in the lobby before and after the show.