About the Production: Hansel, Gretel, and the Little Green Dragon is a musical treat for the whole family. And it's a family affair in itself, written by Pamela Ferguson, and performed by Pam and her two sisters, two nieces, and some friends-all fine musicians with good time and theatrical flair. This CD is the recording debut of singing sensation Alexandra Haines, age 10 (Gretel). She sings the beautiful duet, "The Children's Prayer" with her mother, Julie Haines. They've been singing together since "Allie" as a baby. Her Cousin Rachel Ward, age 10 (Tina) is an innovative comedienne, singer, and editor. Her mother, Nancy Huddleston, is the show's "engine." She is our pianist/arranger, and "Tooth-fairy" on the CD. Charlie Redd (Hansel), age 12, is also from a musical family and is a talented actor, dancer and guitarist. David Troup brings a robust baritone to the role of "Father." The family and friends are joined by puppet friends, Alouette the Dragon and her grandfather, King Salamander.
The Story: Hansel, Gretel, and the Little Green Dragon is a musical play in one act-the classic fairy tale with a few twists. As the show opens, the mischievous green dragon Alouette-pet of the witch Carlotta-is found eating candy off the gingerbread house. Carlotta, who has a bad habit of turning children into cookies, wishes to send Alouette to the nearby farming village, Humperdinck, to find two children to be "dessert" for her upcoming witch party.
But Alouette has already been to the village. She's been sneaking there to eat beans from the farmer's fields. The witch feeds her all the wrong foods-only sweets. Alouette can no longer breathe fire and has a bad case of dragon gas. It is here in Humperdinck, that Alouette first observes Hansel and Gretel. She is charmed by the happy children, and gazed fondly at them while munching on the bean bushes.
Hansel and Gretel set out for Heidelberg to sell tofu, their Mother's latest invention. Father is a soldier again and away from the farm, so the children must go to market alone. Mother warns them to stay on the main road, but they soon become hopelessly lost in the Haunted Forest. Someone, or something (guess who?), has been eating the soybeans they've been dropping to mark their way. At last, children and dragon meet in a happy, song-filled encounter. But Alouette, remembering her assignment to deliver two children to the witch, warns them, "Run for your lives!" and then flies away. Hansel and Gretel follow her through the woods straight to the witch's lair...
A gingerbread house! Hansel dances for joy and stuffs himself with candy. Gretel is cautious and wants to leave, but too late. The witch Carlotta appears and casts an evil spell on the children. They stiffen into cookies, and are nearly frosted for good, but the Tooth Fairy intervenes to save them. Tina has been spiking the witch's brew with tofu, which renders her Aunt Carlotta nice. The parents find the lost children. Father has come home-the war is over. All join in singing the joyous finale, "Brother, Sister Dance with Me," and the little green dragon breathes fire at last.
About the Author: Playwright Pamela Ferguson is a freelance violinist, violin teacher, and puppeteer in the Washington DC area. She teaches at Levine School of Music and plays gigs about town. Pam practices Tai Chi and lives with her inner-reptile, Alouette the dragon, an unruly puppet whose antics delight children of all ages.
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1. The Naughty Little Dragon
2. Hansel and Gretel at Play
3. Dancing Lesson (Brother, Come and Dance With Me)
5. The Children's Prayer
6. The Witch's Kitchen
7. Witch's Brew
8. Hansel and Gretel Meet the Dragon
9. Grandfather Dragon
10. The Gingerbread House (The Magic Miracle)
11. The Witch's Lair
12. Reverse Curse
13. Under the Evil Spell
14. Tooth Fairy to the Rescue
15. The Cookies Awake
16. Going Home