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Hansel & Gretel

5 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)

By Ian Faraday & Andrew Oxspring
All-Year-Round musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

Two abandoned children, the wickedest and funniest witch and step-mother you could imagine, a cottage with real ‘chocolate-box’ appeal, a flock of down-and-out birds, a gang of dim-witted bandits, and a whole lot more go into the mix for this lively and entertaining take on a classic tale.

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Hansel & Gretel

Plot Summary

We begin in the family’s poor cottage, where Hansel, Gretel and their father ponder the possibility of soon running out of food! Their stepmother, on the other hand, can only moan that she needs a new fur coat, which she could have had if she’d done as her mother advised and married the wealthy Herbert Goldsworthy when she had the chance! (song – A Sorry Situation) When the children go to bed, she reveals to her husband a dastardly plan to take them deep into the forest and abandon them! (song – What A Wicked Woman) Having overheard this plan, as they are led far from the cottage the next day, Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs which they intend to follow back home.

Tired from their long walk and now abandoned in the forest, the two children fall asleep. As they doze, a flock of hungry birds enters. They complain about the lack of worms, the meagre titbits being left by humans these days and how their only opportunity for a feed might be to ambush a squirrel! (song – Those Good Old Days) Noticing the breadcrumbs, however, they eat their fill, leaving the children no way of finding their way home!

Next, Hansel and Gretel run into a bungling gang of robbers (song – Robbers’ Tango), who spot the opportunity to kidnap the children and ransom them for cash! However, their wits are no match for Gretel’s, as she and her brother make a comical escape. They run deeper into the forest, where things get a little creepier and talking trees warn them that ‘this is no place for children!’ (song – This Bad, Bad Place)

Finally, exhausted and hungry, the children stumble across an enchanting cottage (song – The Gingerbread House), built from every delicious confectionery imaginable. Encouraged by a curious group of goblins, they eat their fill. They are then introduced to the owner of the cottage; a little old woman who is very welcoming, asking them to stay, rest and eat as much as they can! However, she soon shows her true colours. Hansel is imprisoned while Gretel must force-feed him in order to, as the old woman puts it, ‘fatten him up’ for the pot! (song – Better Than One Is Two)

As the wicked old crone makes final preparations for her special meal (song – Dinner At The Double), it’s down to the brave Gretel to once again save the day. Using her cunning and daring, she literally ‘closes the lid’ on the old woman’s dining plans and escapes with Hansel! After a joyful reunion with their father, the children deservedly celebrate with the biggest and tastiest party ever! (song – Finale)

Characters

34 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

Narrator(s) – keeping us up to speed on the story’s many twists and turns. (This part could be divided between three or four children)
Stepmother – brash, buxom, and bloomin’ greedy! Your typical pantomime dame.
Hansel & Gretel – our hero and heroine!
Father – talk about under the thumb!
6 Birds – feathered freeloaders.
6 Robbers – a band of bungling bandits.
8 Trees – ever-green and ever-watchful.
8 Goblins – sprightly, if slightly sinister.
Old Woman – cannibalistic old crone!

Ensemble characters for featured songs and scenes

Party-goers
Chorus of Birds
Chorus of Robbers
Chorus of Trees
Chorus of Goblins

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download.
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 Christina Manchester Primary School

    Great, very entertaining, I highly recommend it to others. The children absolutely loved it, the songs are great. There is defiantly nothing negative I can say about it.

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  2. 5 out of 5 Rose Barton Seagrave

    I played the stepmother it was so good

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  3. 5 out of 5 Annonymous

    Very good everyone enjoyed performing this play i would definitely reccomend this!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Chloe

    It’s GREAT I played the witch !

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  5. 5 out of 5 St Peter's C of E Primary School

    Very good and I can’t wait to perform it with my friends.

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  6. 5 out of 5 St Peter's C of E Primary School

    Very amusing my class really enjoy it and I can’t wait to perform it.

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  7. 5 out of 5 sanga smsj

    its epic

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  8. 5 out of 5 Jess Richards , Whittington Primary School

    Amazing!! Played Gretel in Year 6!!

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  9. 5 out of 5 swinnow pirmary school

    The hansel and gretel performanse was amazing with all the songs and the coustumes the full book was amazing.

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  10. 5 out of 5 Kaori Ota, Ashley C of E Primary

    We loved the script!

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  11. 5 out of 5 Sophie Higson, Padiham

    It was great doing Hansel and Gretel!

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  12. 5 out of 5 Eden, Langton Green

    It was fantastic!

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  13. 5 out of 5 Mrs Marsay, Jersey

    We had brilliant fun staging this musical. The songs are catchy and easy to learn which we did in our singing lessons. The children rehearsed after school and it all came together really well. So many positive comments from the audience we will have to do an Edgy production again!

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  14. 5 out of 5 Sarah Ballentyne, Northants

    Highly entertaining, would recommend.

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  15. 5 out of 5 Oliver, SMSJ

    Very good.

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  16. 5 out of 5 Max Hallis, Stanway Fiveways Primary

    Our school has this play and its AMAZING!

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  17. 5 out of 5 Max Hallis, Stanway Fiveways Primary

    Our school has this play and it’s AMAZING!

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