"Hansel and Gretel" is an original script with songs, inspired by the Grimm Brothers fairy tale. The format is Piccolo's version of an English pantomime with loads of humor, audience interaction, and fun for all ages. (Think "Shrek" or "Aladdin" rather than shows just for kids.) Actors should be adept at physical and verbal comedy. All should move well and be able to carry a tune.
Gretel - Feisty, often looks before she leaps. Some dance experience preferred.
Mother - Overworked mother of H&G. A strong-willed fighter even when faced with the loss of her children.
Baba Clava - Owner of the Gingerbread house. Delightfully evil.
Hansel -Terrified of everything but finds his strength by the end.
Gerald - An inept wolf hunter who also serves as a troubadour. Actor needs to be able to play a hand-held string instrument (mandolin, ukulele, lute, etc...)
Baba Ganoush -Oldest of the three witches, holds to traditions by always speaking in rhyme and carrying a wand. Actor needs experience with verse work.
Baba O'Reilly - Youngest of the three witches. Think "Mean Girl" attitude and reliance on modern technology.
The role of MOTHER NATURE ("The Dame") has been cast.
Auditions will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. Two blocks from the Main Street CTA purple line or Metra station.
Read-thru: October 1
Rehearsals begin: October 15
Performances: November 17 - December 17 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights plus Saturday matinees. Also Thursday nights in December.)
Material To Prepare:
16 bars of a musical theater or folk song to be performed a capella. (Actors auditioning for Gerald are encouraged to bring along an instrument to accompany themselves.) Short sides from the script will be sent if you are scheduled for an audition.