Mila Vincent, our intrepid 5-year-old critic, believes it’s important to dress for the theater. So she donned her ice cream cone shoes, sure there would be ice cream on the house of the witch in Hansel and Gretel, a free puppet show at Brookhaven College Theatre Department. While her grandmother and #MilaSays theater companion, Johannah Luza, was doubtful that there would be ice cream in the set, sure enough, Mila was correct.
The two were very happy they followed the breadcrumbs to this classic marionette production created by Sky HighChief in the late 1950s and not just because of the ice cream. You can read all about it here.
It was so much fun seeing Hansel and Gretel! They were marionettes made by a man so many years ago, they were almost as old as my grandma. I liked the stage because it looked like a real forest. The witch flew around in the air and wanted to turn Hansel and Gretel into gingerbread so she could eat them but the duck pushed her into the oven and the witch turned into gingerbread instead. I loved the gingerbread house. I wore my ice cream shoes because I knew there was an ice cream cone on the witch’s gingerbread house.
There’s a museum there that has other marionettes and stage sets from plays a long time ago. You can stand in the scenery like you’re in the play! Afterwards, the puppeteers bring out the marionettes and show you how they make them move. It looks really hard to do, but they said they practiced and learned. Everyone gets to go onstage and look at the scenery, too. I hope everyone gets to see Hansel and Gretel.Johannah:
This was such a fun time for adults and kids both. It was so interesting seeing these marionettes that were made in the 50’s. This was the first time the play was performed since 1963 with the same marionettes. The play is about 45 minutes long and keeps your attention. The students did a fantastic job of learning how to manipulate the puppets and the museum with the old stage sets was hard to leave. I was amazed at the detail on these puppets. It was an educational experience for kids and adults both, and truly worth seeing.