Manitoba Theatre for Young People: Gretel and Hansel written by Suzanne Lebeau


(Winnipeg, Manitoba; April 17) -- Manitoba Theatre for Young People will present le Carrousel's production of Gretel and Hansel on its mainstage from April 21 to 29. There will be five public performances (one in French) along with twelve school performances (four in French). Tickets for Gretel and Hansel start at $16 and are on sale by calling 204.942.8898 or online at Performances are sponsored by Francofonds and Production Benefactors are Susan and Leonard Asper & Family.

When Hansel arrives, it upsets the balance of Gretel's life completely. When their parents abandon them in the forest and they end up in the witch's house, Gretel is tempted to push Hansel into the oven with their jailer and get rid of him forever. Will Gretel embark on a journey to become a better big sister or increase her resolve to remain an only child?

"The play is deliciously dark and so relatable if you have ever wished to be an only child, even if it is just for a little while," says MTYP Artistic Director Pablo Felices-Luna. "Yet, Gretel comes out at the other end of the story embracing her role as Hansel's big sister."

"The play talks about the tensions between brothers and sisters, tensions we all experience," says playwright Suzanne Lebeau. "Perhaps children who do not have siblings are less sensitive to it, but contradictory tenderness and jealousy are found in schoolyards, in classes and in all situations where life puts us in contact with others."

Gretel and Hansel was written by Suzanne Lebeau and translated by John Van Burek. The show is directed by Gervais Gaudreault with Milena Buziak as assistant director. Gretel and Hansel stars Emilie Lévesque and Jean-Philip Debien. Set, Props and Costumes are designed by Stéphane Longpré and Linda Brunelle, Lighting by Dominique Gagnon, Music and Sound Environment by Dianne Labrosse.

For more than 40 years, Le Carrousel has sought to tear down the walls between audiences and between practices, out of the conviction that theatre for children must also reach out to and even disturb adults. Over its history, the company has made 73 international tours, played at 81 international festivals, made 26 premieres and 4,500 performances to over a million people.

Gretel and Hansel is appropriate for children ages 8+. Tickets start at $16 and are available by calling 204.942.8898 or online at


Public Performances
Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 22 at 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 PM (performance in French)
Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 and 4:00 PM

MEDIA CALL: Wednesday, April 19 at 2:30 PM
At Manitoba Theatre for Young People
2 Forks Market Road