Theater group stopping in Jasper on statewide tour
by James Phillips
Apr 02, 2011 | 2504 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre perform a scene from the group’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo special to the Eagle
Members of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre perform a scene from the group’s production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo special to the Eagle
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The Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” is currently touring elementary schools across Alabama. The group will make a stop in Jasper Monday.

Students from elementary schools in the Jasper City School System will view a performance Monday afternoon at Jasper’s First Baptist Church. The play is a part of the BCT’s Wee Folks Productions, which are catered to ages 3 to 6.

This version of “Hansel and Gretel” is an adaptation written and directed by Jean Pierce and tells the story of two young children who’s dad is a dentist and mom is a nutritionist and they are starving for sweets because there is no candy in the kitchen cupboard. The children find their way to Cupcake Castle where Miss Licorice urges them to dine on desserts. The youngsters discover the Gingerbread People living at the castle used to be real boys and girls and they must defeat Licorice to escape the same fate.

Nancy Jones, BCT’s director of marketing and development, said the play is perfect for young children and uses a lot of audience participation.

“We are excited to be coming to Jasper,” she said. “The students will love this play.”

Actors from the performance will also hold a meet-and-greet event at Jack’s Restaurant on Highway 195 in Jasper from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday. The event is open to anyone and the characters will be available to take pictures and sign autographs. Each child who attends the event at Jack’s will receive one free ice cream cone and a free regular order of fries.

“Our actors can’t wait to take time to meet all the children at Jack’s,” Jones said. “We hope everyone in the community will come out, because we think it will be a lot of fun.”

The Birmingham Children’s Theatre will also be holding a public performance of “Hansel and Gretel” at its Wee Folks Theatre inside the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. and noon. Ticket information is available at www.bct123.org.