One of the world’s best-loved fairy tales, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, is coming to the Baxter Flipside stage from December 5 to January 11.
Based on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, this musical version by the award-winning duo of Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer is set to capture the imagination of all ages and promises to be a treat for the young ones.
The production is presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre in association with Canal Walk and features specially written new music and lyrics by Meyer, who also designed the costumes, and is directed by Abrahamse, who also designed the set.
Showcasing some of South Africa’s finest musical theatre talents, Abrahamse has brought together four dynamic young actors. Steven van Wyk (‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Private Presley’, ‘Queen at the Ballet’) reprises his role as Hansel and Natasha Dryden (‘Long Street Nights’, ‘Hairspray’’) plays Gretel. Earl Gregory (‘Hairspray’, ‘Cats’, ‘High School Musical’) plays the Father and the evil, wicked witch is performed by Candice van Litsenborgh (‘Show Boat’, ‘Chess’, ‘Evita’).
Both Gregory and Van Litsenborgh were part of the cast who wowed audiences in ‘The Little Mermaid’ at the Baxter’s last festive season children’s show.
In recent years Abrahamse and Meyer have received great media and audience acclaim for their productions, which include Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’, Tennessee Williams’s ‘Kingdom of Earth’ and ‘The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore’, William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tragedy of Richard III’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, as well as the world première of two original South African musicals, ‘In Briefs’ and ‘Bangbroek Mountain’. Collectively their work has garnered 23 Fleur du Cap nominations and six awards.
Their children’s theatre productions have included ‘Jungle Book’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
Published in 1812, Hansel and Gretel has remained a favourite with children and families for many generations. It tells the tale of a young brother and sister who live with their father and their unkind stepmother. They are left deep in the forest to look after themselves, and find themselves threatened by a wicked witch who lives in a house made of cake, sweets and confectionery. The siblings save their own lives by outwitting her and manage to get away, making this perfect holiday fare for the entire family.
* Tickets are R70. Performances are from Mondays to Saturdays, at 10am and 12pm daily.
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