H&G

Roger Pavey Jr. and Audrey Smith have the title roles in "Hansel and Gretel," which kicks off the 64th season of Davenport Junior Theatre this weekend. Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with the same schedule the following weekend, at the theater, 2822 Eastern Ave., in the Annie Wittenmyer Complex. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 for ages 3-17 years and free for children 2 years and younger, available at the door. The spooky play retains the familiar story of siblings lost in the woods and being trapped by the evil witch, but features a host of new characters: an arrogant troll who fiercely guards his little wooden bridge, a talking owl, a forest sprite and two hobgoblins in the service of the witch. The show features 23 youth cast members and seven youth crew members. The production team consists of 12 local professional theater artists, who work alongside the children to create a dynamic theatrical experience while training them in theatrical production. "Hansel and Gretel" is directed by Aaron Randolph III. More information is at DavenportJuniorTheatre.org.

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