Times are tough for modern-day Hank and Gretchen, until they find themselves deep in the wondrous Wildwood world of Hansel and Gretel. The Missoula Children's Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers' Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret, and a grand adventure. Poor Hank and Gretchen! All of their friends, off to summer camp, have left them behind. And their Mom, struggling alone to make ends meet, seems to have time for nothing but work. While waiting for dinner, prepared by eccentric but lovable Cousin Wally, Hank and Gretchen fall asleep and dream their way to times gone by. They wake with a start! Their clothes are so strange - and so are their names. Lost in the deep dark woods, Hansel and Gretel search for the path which will lead them to better times at home. But as evening approaches and the moon rises above the trees, Hansel and Gretel are not alone! The Nasties dart from tree to tree as sweet little Wallybirds innocently munch on the cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor. Crafty cooks and Gingerbread Men lead our heroes to a colorful cottage concocted completely of candy and cakes, where Hansel and Gretel unravel the secret of the Wildwood Witch. Is she bad or is she good? Is she wicked or just misunderstood?
There's music and laughter and thrills and chills. So join the fun as Hansel and Gretel's dream is mysteriously blended with real life, and the lessons of one apply to the other. You'll learn the secret of the Wildwood...but, shhh - don't tell!
Conceived and written by Jim Caron. Music and lyrics by Michael McGill and Jim Caron.
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