The Grimm Brothers are one of the most famous authors when it comes to fairy tales. Many of their written fairy tales have been adapted into major movies, television programs, and even operas. One of their most famous opera adaptations is Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. But did you know that the opera adaptation of Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel is not a word for word adaptation of the original fairy tale? Librettist Adelheid Wette changed the adventures and experiences of characters in the libretto that were originally created in the fairy tale.
Alongside Wilhelm Grimm and Gretel from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, children get to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of the main characters in both the text of the Grimm Brother’s fairy tale and vocal selections from Humperdinck’s opera.
Language Arts: Compare and Contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Theatre: Demonstrate various movements, voices and feelings by performing a variety of familiar roles.
Music: Identify Echo and Call/and Response