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Synetic Family Theater in Arlington Presents 'Hansel and Gretel' - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Dec 19,2017
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Synetic Theater in Arlington is presenting “Hansel and Gretel” from now through Dec. 23. Photo by Johnny Shryock

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By Steve Hibbard

Synetic Family Theater in Arlington is presenting “Hansel and Gretel” from now through Dec. 23. During the bustle of holiday crowds, Gretel tries to keep her brother, Hansel, out of trouble while their unengaged babysitter leaves Gretel to fend for them both. As Hansel embarks on his own exploration of his everyday surroundings, he and his sister fall into a magical realm that takes them far away from home. In this wordless production, the Grimm fairy tale embraces the fantastical through the eyes of those who see the world through a different lens.

Co-directors Tori Bertocci and Elena Velasco said although the original Brothers Grimm tale focuses on the dark sides of family and life, they wanted to explore how perspective shapes relationships.

"Gretel and Hansel survive because they rely on each other, but, as we know, relying on a brother or sister isn't always easy. We grow up together, but become different people. This can become even more pronounced when one sibling processes the world in a drastically different way than others expect," they said.

"As both theatre artists and educators, we know that children of all abilities have gifts to offer the world. We also know that society doesn't always value the unique perspectives of children whose development is atypical. We — educators, adults, family members — don't always know how to accept challenges in communication or interactions that require a different type of process. Hansel is that boy, and Gretel must be the one who learns to accept who her brother is," they said.

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