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Giant ‘Hänsel and Gretel’ puppets to perform at the PAC

January 14, 2008

See the fairy tale unfold Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Be captivated when giant puppets are brought to life in the tale of “Hänsel and Gretel” at the Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Quebec theater company, Théâtre Sans Fil, or theater without strings, was highly recommended by the Minnesota Presenters Network, according to the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association’s Executive Director Colleen Compton.

The whole idea of the arts association is to bring to the community new and different experiences for its residents – this does just that, Compton said.

“Hänsel and Gretel” will include giant puppetry and classical music – a children’s opera of sorts, based on music by Englebert Humperdink.

The story revolves around two hungry children, Hänsel and Gretel, who discover a gingerbread house. What they don’t know is an evil witch named Rosina Dainty Mouth is living inside.

While the children scarf down pieces of the house, the evil witch comes out of the house and casts a spell on the two children, but the brother and sister pair have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Although a Grimm Brothers’ tale, this show is not just for kids. Actually, the show will be most enjoyable for ages 7 and up, according to Compton.

“The magical characters and set will be enjoyed by all people,” she said.

Compton was told the special effects are phenomenal. One review calls the show “visually stunning” and “highly artistic.”