The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to offer the first of two Summer Children’s Theatre presentations on Friday, June 16, 2017, featuring Hansel and Gretel performed by Red Herring Puppets. The program is for all ages and features two showings at two different locations. Daycares, community groups, families, and individuals are welcome to attend the 10:00am showing at Northwoods Park and Recreation Center at 8348 Greenridge Road and/or the 2:00pm showing at Danny Jones Recreation Center at 1455 Monitor Street in North Charleston. Tickets are $2 per child with accompanying adults admitted at no charge. Parking is free.
Red Herring brings the popular fairytale of empowerment, determination, and triumph to life with traditional marionettes, shadow puppets, and classical music. Hansel and Gretel get lost in the forbidden forest while looking for food. They give in to the temptation of an enchanted candy house and find themselves trapped by an evil witch. The children use their wits to escape her supernatural powers and are happily reunited with their family.
The Red Herring Puppets is an award-winning national touring company based in Asheville, NC. These professional puppeteers tour throughout the country delighting young audiences with their lively and informative “edu-tainment” programs. They have earned an UNIMA Award of Excellence, the highest honor in American puppetry, and have worked with Disney Imagineering, Jim Henson Productions, PBS, NBC, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and many more. Information about all of their shows, including study guides, is available online at www.redherringpuppets.com.
Hansel and Gretel is presented as part of a Summer Children’s Theatre Series, which also includes performances by Orisirisi African Folklore on Friday, July 28, at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Groups of 10 or more are asked to reserve space in advance. Seats fill up fast, so reserve early by calling the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843.740.5854. For reservation forms, directions, or information on additional programs and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.