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Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 1996
The Hansel and Gretel story gets some new looks as the actors do various interpretations: Shakespeare, soap opera, Dragnet and others.
Price includes 2 scripts.
Duration8 - 10 minutes
- 1 Female, 1 Male
Product Id: #220
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An excerpt …
(Not the typical Hansel and Gretel story.)
GRETEL: But look, Hansel! I have brought this handful of bread crumbs which I have been dropping, thus assuring us that we can find our way back.
HANSEL: You are truly a wonderful sister.
HANSEL: Unfortunately, you’re not a very smart one. Look. The birds have eaten all of your bread.
GRETEL: Oh, crumb!
HANSEL: But look! There’s a house made of candy! Let’s eat that!
GRETEL: Before dinner?
HANSEL: We’re the victims of neglect; we can do as we wish.
(Let’s change it to a “Dragnet” detective story.)
HANSEL: My name is Hansel. I’m a cop. (Xing to Gretel, deadpan) Name?
HANSEL: Who’s the dead broad?
GRETEL: A witch.
HANSEL: Great. How’d she die?
GRETEL: I killed her.
HANSEL: With what?
GRETEL: An oven.
HANSEL: You hit her with an oven?
GRETEL: I shoved her in. I cooked her.
HANSEL: Great. Another 9-34. That’s the third “witch cooking” I’ve had this week.
(The British are coming.)
HANSEL: I mean, English drawing-room comedy would be much more suitable. (gets behind bars, and affecting an English accent) Gretel, dear?
GRETEL: Yes, Hansel?
HANSEL: I do hate to be a bother, but could I trouble you to give dear old Witchy-Poo the old shove-o?
GRETEL: I beg your pardon?
HANSEL: Oh, I know it’s rather dreary and all, considering the heat ... but perhaps if you could just nudge her a bit toward the old hot box. Eh?
GRETEL: Oh, you’re always the clever one, aren’t you, Hansel? Here ... how about a spot of tea before we do the dirty deed?
HANSEL: Dashing! (as something pulls him toward the oven) I say, Gretel, the old gal seems to be moving me toward the rotisserie. Bit of an inconvenience, don’t you think?
GRETEL: Dash it all, Hansel. You’ve spilled your tea!
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