Holiday Show "Hansel and Gretel"

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Productions like the Dell'Arte Holiday Show are made possible by the generous support of hundreds of supporters each year. We will continue to innovate, keeping our performances accessible while prioritizing the safety of artists, staff and the community. To keep doing this, we need your help. While our stages and offices remain closed to the public, we invite you, if you are able, to make a 100% tax deductible donation using our secure online portal, or click here for information to mail in your gift. We hope you enjoy the show! 

The Dell’Arte Company’s annual Holiday Show tour, now in its 40th year, did not take a break due to the worldwide pandemic. Instead audiences were invited to usher in the festive season with an adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” made available through the comfort of their home and devices.

Crafted for children and families in a way that is accessible, safe and free, this timeless tale is told through Dell'Arte's unique comic, physical performance lens. Traditionally performed at various schools, theatres, community centers and other spaces throughout the North Coast, performances were streamed through social media and aired on local PBS affiliate KEET-TV.

“At this moment, where crises ­­– from a pandemic to a movement for social and racial justice, to struggling businesses all converge – it is our intent to offer an experience of joy and possibility to the community,” said Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields. “And in this enduring tale, written in a time of global hardship, it is the children who are the wise ones.”

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm classic fable, “Hansel and Gretel” includes Dell'Arte's trademark physical performance style as well as original music. Fields is the director, Dell’Arte Faculty Member Carlos Gallegos is assistant director, and the third-year MFA students perform the show.

Find actor bios and more in the digital program.

Dell'Arte thanks the following 2020 sponsors for their generous support: