The Children’s Theatre of Wauwatosa Little Theatres will perform the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.
Performances, free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 14, 15, 20 and 21, in the auditorium at Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave.
Four casts, each with sixteen students in grades three through seven, have been practicing since January. In addition to the evening performances, the Children's Theatre will present the play at all the Wauwatosa public and parochial elementary schools.
Cast members for Hansel and Gretel are: Hansel—Tommy Schmitt, Zoey Zanowski, James Mullooly and Henry Lehman; Gretel—Mara Zydek, Corin Sattler, Lindy Girman and Elizabeth Adam; Kitty—Maria Van Zeeland, Logan Weingarten, Teddy Grassmann and Logan Ertl; Red Wing—Ella Archambo, Susie Reilly, Anna LaGrange and Olivia Thompson; Stepmother—Abby Schmitt, Anna Johnson, Mollee Albinger and Casey Bunzel; Father—Maya Luna, Lucy Wolf Brown, Claire Drakulic and Lauren Lessila; Witch—Bella Doucette, Abeni Wichinski, Riley McAdams and Elizabeth Murphy; Wise Old Owl (Tweet)—Ella Laatsch, Grace Mann, Joey Girman and Morgan Kern; Wise Old Owl (Twitter)—Mary Robinson, Ben Halleen, Katie Randall and Rose Rohrer; Sandman—Nora Tanel, Gabrielle Howell, Grace Stroh and Mallory Inman; Angel-Gingerbread—Troupe 1: Anna Jolie, Greta Pagels, Sophia Phillips and Lauren Zimney; Troupe 2: Grace Calarco, Madeline Aiello, CeCe Janisch and Marie Webb;Troupe 4: Caroline Gundersen, Maeve Mullooly, Melina Procopis and Jessica Gleesing; and Troupe 6: Morgan Arsiniega, Malorie Clasen, Grace Dunn and Janice Schaefer; Angel-CandyCane—Troupe 1: Claire Pagels and Megan Gordon; Troupe 2: Caitlin Reardon and BethanyRichards; Troupe 4: Ella Anich and Bridget Wagy; and Troupe 6: Eva Kalberer and MadelineMonaco.
Directors for the four casts are: Troupe 1—Fran Panek and Julia Schmitt; Troupe 2—Evvie Smith, Donna Weingarten and Rosie Peterson; Troupe 4—Nancy Artus and KayLorenzen; and Troupe 6—Barbara Forbes and Janelle Robinson.Hansel and Gretel performances are produced by the following Children’s Theatre of
Wauwatosa Little Theatres Troupe crew: co-directors--Lois Weber, Lynn Leider and BarbForbes; stage manager--Rosie Peterson; music director--Will Ulrich; choreographer--KristinPagenkopf; publicity—Shari Weinstock; costumes—Lynn Leider, Lois Weber and Barb Forbes;seamstress—Barb Forbes, Donna Weingarten, Rosie Peterson and Lynn Leider; scenery--Dot Birner.
In addition to the Little Theatre Troupes, the organization sponsors a Teen Troupe, which performs throughout southeastern Wisconsin, as well as a drama class and summer theatre program. Children’s Theatre, which is under the sponsorship of the Wauwatosa School District’s Recreation Department, also presents a series of six live theatre performances at Wauwatosa East and West High Schools each year.