22 Nov - 15 Dec 2012
Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore
Poor Hansel and Gretel. Their new pop-star-wannabe stepmother thinks that the family budget is too tiny to support a household of four, so she’s decided to let them go. Their henpecked father doesn’t quite agree, but even he’s feeling the pinch in this new economy!
So the brother and sister pair are abandoned in the jungles of Mandai, to fend for themselves. There are strange cries in the dark, and eyes glowing in the bushes. Will they ever make their way back home?
To their surprise, they stumble upon a house, made from the tastiest goodies they’ve ever seen. Fences of fishball sticks, walls of kueh lapis, and roof tiles made of kaya toast! Little do they know that the homeowner is a batty, flamboyant witch, known mysteriously as 'the Chef'.
Will Hansel and Gretel realise in time that they have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire? Will their father stop making goo-goo eyes at their stepmother and start looking for his kids? And what exactly is the secret identity of the Chef's assistant, a spunky, rapping dynamo called Nicki Minah?
Hansel & Gretel's star-studded cast includes Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng), Dwayne Tan (Army Daze), Denise Tan (Gold 90FM), Siti Khalijah (Boeing Boeing), Dwayne Lau (Cinderel-Lah!) and Vernetta Lopez (CLASS 95FM). It will also feature 30 young talents from the age of 4-12 as part of W!LD RICE’s FIRST STAGE! programme.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Book & Lyrics Alfian Sa’at
Director Pam Oei
Music Composer / Arranger Elaine Chan
Music Director Joel Nah
Choreographer Rotjana Patikarapong
Set Designer Kelley Cheng
Lighting Designer Mac Chan
Sound Designer Shah Tahir
Costume Designer Moe Kasim
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-up Design Beno Lim (M.A.C)
Production Manager Leong Mun Hoi
Stage Manager Sazali Hussain
Producer Tony Trickett
Dwayne Tan as Hansel
Denise Tan as Gretel
Sebastian Tan as The Witch aka The Chef
Siti Khalijah Zainal as Nicki Minah (The Witch's Assistant)
Dwayne Lau as Steven (Hansel & Gretel's Father)
Vernetta Lopez as Cassandra (The Evil Stepmother)
FIRST STAGE! Kids
Ariadna Padron, Anya Magotra, Anne-Sophie Cazaubon, Cameron Tweed, Christian Liu, Chong I-Yin, Clarice Liu, Dawn Yap, Erica Tan Jia En, Ian Lee Yi-En, Jazelle Neo, Jessica Baughman, Jonathan Houghton, Kathlene Yeo, Lauren Yeo Jen-Yin, Lola Rae An, Marcus Lam, Mark Lee Zhi Ying, Matthew Loo, Nita Jing Lafebvre, Rand Perry, Saffron Smith, Samantha Lee, Sarah Lam Kei Yi, Saskia Jessop, Sophia-Ines Klein, Tan E-Wen, Than Jeri, Theodore Chen
Rehearsal Pianist, Keyboards Aaron Goh
Synthesizers, Koass Pad Joel Nah
Drums, Percussion Rizal Sanip
Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone Brad Swope
Acoustic and Electric Guitars Joshua Tan
Electric and Double Basses, Ethnic Flutes Colin Yong
"There's a convincing zing in Alfian's satirical jabs, from allusions to that talked-about HDB estate showcase during Will and Kate's recent trip, to a Sun Ho-like character (Vernetta Lopez), to a satisfying final word on Malay void deck weddings."Mayo Martin, TODAY
"Hansel & Gretel was one of my favourite theatrical experiences this year. I’m not sure what magic or alchemy was at work here – perhaps the addition of brand new director Pam Oei to the creative lineup , and a more daring deployment of the W!ld Kids than ever before – but W!ld Rice has truly outdone itself with this charming, cheeky venture into the depths of the Mandai Forest."Shawne Wang, Shawne of the Dead
“The script is belly-achingly funny… The quality of singing here easily rivals any Broadway or West End musical theatre performance…It's hard to believe this is Oei's directorial debut, for the direction here shows a true gift and the genius of an immensely creative mind…”blogcritics.org
"Hansel & Gretel had me doubled over with laughter... Kids will enjoy the situational comedy and adults will smile at the coded innuendo and veiled social commentary."Corrie Tan, Straits Times Life!
“Hansel & Gretel” is essentially a show about the importance of familial love, and is by all accounts a highly entertaining affair, scoring especially well for its talented and exuberant cast.”Jeremy Yew, Buttons in the Bread