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.
- Fascinating history and facts behind the story
- 18 thought-provoking discussion questions
- Six detailed extension activities including more discussion questions
Excerpt from the play:
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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