6-page script, approximately 7 minutes running time. Parts for 9 actors. Ages 8-12. Includes extra five pages of facts, discussion questions and extension activities. (3 credits.)

This six-page script stays true to the original Grimm’s Fairy Tale. It is perfect to perform as part of a festival of Grimm’s Fairy Tales,or to introduce actors to the concept of using scripts and memorizing lines.

Includes:

  • Fascinating history and facts behind the story
  • 18 thought-provoking discussion questions
  • Six detailed extension activities including more discussion questions

Excerpt from the play:

Characters

Narrator One
Narrator Two
Woodcutter
Stepmother
Hansel
Gretel
White Bird
Witch
Duck

Scene One
A little house at the edge of the forest

Narrator One: Once upon a time, at the edge of the forest, there lived a poor woodcutter with his new wife and two children, Hansel and Gretel.

Narrator Two: A great famine had spread across the land and the family had scarcely little food. One night, the woodcutter lay awake worrying.

Woodcutter: Wife, wife, are you awake?

Stepmother: Yes, what is it?

Woodcutter: What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children when there is barely enough for us?

Stepmother: I think I have an idea. Tomorrow morning we will take the children far into the forest and we will leave them there.

Woodcutter: I cannot do that to my own children. The wild animals will come and tear them to pieces.

Stepmother: Then all four of us will starve. You may as well start building our coffins now.

Woodcutter: You may be right. But I feel very sorry for the poor children.

Narrator One: The two hungry children had been awake the whole time and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father.

Gretel: Oh, what is to become of us?

Hansel: Don’t worry sister, I will come up with something.

Narrator Two: After everyone was fast asleep, Hansel crept out of the house and gathered white pebbles which were glistening in the moonlight.

Narrator One: The next morning, the stepmother woke the children before it was even light outside.

Stepmother: Wake up! Wake up! We are going into the forest to fetch some wood.

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