By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Most people know it’s wrong to gnaw on someone else’s gingerbread house without permission.
But some of us could use a reminder, and Corinth Theatre-Arts is ready to help. “Hansel & Gretel” will be staged at the Crossroads Playhouse at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s got a lot of good lessons,” said Kelly Gilson, director. “The audience will leave knowing what the characters did wrong and what they did right.”
In the story, Hansel and Gretel have some trouble with their Mama, then get lost in the woods. They encounter a wicked witch who puts the kids under a spell and makes unusual dinner plans.
“Hansel gets locked up with a pineapple pie to fatten him up,” Gilson said.
Rosley Smith, a 9-year-old who plays Hansel, said a lot of his character’s trouble can be traced to an outside influence.
“Most of the time, he’s trying to be a good boy. He listens to his parents,” Rosley said. “Gretel, though, is a different story.”
Mikayla Smith, 8, said her character can be a handful.
“Gretel is very energetic. She takes herself very seriously,” Mikayla said. “She can be full of herself.”
This version of “Hansel & Gretel” was adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The witch won’t be burned up at the end, and Mama isn’t as evil as she’s depicted in the original.
“We do have a gingerbread house, of course,” Gilson said. “We created it out of cardboard boxes because we have to take it with us.”
In addition to the show at the Crossroads Playhouse, “Hansel & Gretel” will be staged for six school performances. It’s a joint production between CT-A and Lead Inspire Nurture Kids of Alcorn County.
“The play has a lot of good lessons, like don’t talk to strangers,” Gilson said.
And don’t eat anybody else’s house.
“Some of the candy is going to be real,” Gilson added, “and some of it is not.”
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