May 5, 2009

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE SECOND STAGE PLAYERS PRESENT “HANSEL AND GRETEL AND THE BIG WOODS”

Oddfellows Playhouse Second Stage Players present a mini-production of “Hansel and Gretel and the Big Woods.” Under the direction of Jane Harris, a cast of 13 young actors, ages 9-11, takes on this irreverent twist on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm.

"Once upon a time, deep in the woods, there lived a young boy called Hansel and a young girl called Gretel." From this familiar beginning, playwright Jeannette Jaquish turns the fairy tale upside down. Oddfellows’ talented actors introduce us to two siblings who annoy everyone around them, a witch with fleas, a stepmother with migraines, a fairy dog mother and a fairy frog mother, and 7 dwarfs named Bossy, Smelly, Twitchy, Clumsy, Narcolepty, Whiny, and Sneezy. But everyone stills lives happily ever after.

This fun-filled production is appropriate for all ages and runs approximately 30 minutes. Shows are Friday, May 22 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 23 at 11 am at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information or reservations, call (860) 347-6143.

Major support for Oddfellows’ 2008-2009 season comes from the State Department of Education, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Commission on the Arts, The Stare Fund, Pratt and Whitney—Middletown and The J. Walton Bissell Foundation.