Weekends are really spent with my family. While we enjoy our usual bonding activity–eat & play–one Sunday we decided to let our kids watch a play together for the first time. What better show to watch than Repertory Theater for Young Audiences’ Hansel and Gretel.
Hansel and Gretel is an adaptation of the opera re-written by Joy Virata for the Children’s Theatre. First conducted by Richard Strausss in 1893, it is a musical very popular at Christmas time. Two hungry children are sent to the woods by their mother to find strawberries. They are lured into a gingerbread house owned by a wicked witch who throws children into her oven and turns them into gingerbread. Hansel and Gretel outsmart the witch and throw her into the oven. They discover that all the gingerbread in the house are children and as they are touched, the children return to life.
At first I was afraid that my kids–particularly my four year old son– might find the play scary ‘coz of the witch, turns out the whole feel of the play is very appropriate for young audiences.
10 Things we like about Repertory Philippines’ Hansel & Gretel
- The actors are good. It’s refreshing to see kids perform on stage.
- The set design was very detailed and purposeful.
- The main characters were played well. Hansel played by Tory Cortez and Gretel played by Ashely Factor can sing and act.
- The play lasted for an hour with a 15-minute interval, just right for young kids to see through.
- The vibrant costume of each character is really eye-catching.
- There were a few scenes that required audience interaction which prompted the kids to willingly participate.
- According to my son, the witch isn’t scary, she’s so funny.
- My six year old daughter loved the story of Hansel & Gretel, she liked how the siblings helped each other.
- Moral of the story: don’t let your kids go out into the woods unsupervised.
- Another moral of the story: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. That gingerbread house in the middle of the woods is a dead giveaway! 😉
My very own Hansel & Gretel! Teehee.
Catch Hansel & Gretel until December 15, 2016 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1. Brought to you by Hansel Sandwich and the City of Makati, in cooperation with Greenbelt, Ayala Mall, BusinessWorld, Lane Moving & Storage, Art + Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TicketWorld, and What’s Happening.com.ph, with TeamAsia as its media partner.
For tickets and reservations call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.