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Hansel and Gretel explore new territory combining large scale puppets, 3D animation and swing music.

The Gist of Things

Hansel and Gretel is a new production by the Columbia Marionette Theatre (CMT) and will be opening September 22nd 2012. Artistic director of CMT, Lyon Hill will be directing the show.

The storyline is an imaginative retelling of this Grimm tale. We follow Hansel and Gretel through the forest in search of hidden treasure that will solve all of their loving family's financial troubles. But problems arise when they become lost and an evil witch lures them to her enchanted candy house. Hansel and Gretel will have to use their wits to outsmart her and avoid being the main course for her feast!

Character designs for Hansel and Gretel by Lyon Hill
Character designs for Hansel and Gretel by Lyon Hill

Hansel and Gretel is designed with the beautiful look of old cartoons in mind. Think Betty Boop and Steamboat Willie, when every character had a bounce in their step and anything could happen.

Our goal is to raise funds that will be going to specific aspects of the project that are outside of our usual production and in house skills. CMT is looking to hire two new collaborators for Hansel and Gretel to produce the swing music score and puppet interactive animation.

The entire production will be very experimental (incorporating a unique mixture of marionettes, hand puppets, and shadow puppets), but ultimately very accessible to all age audiences.  We plan to update frequently, so keep a watch on this page even if you decide not to donate.

The witch design by Lyon Hill. She is an expiramental half marionette half handpuppet. Check the video for clips of her in action!
The witch design by Lyon Hill. She is an expiramental half marionette half handpuppet. Check the video for clips of her in action!

While CMT prides itself in its ability to create productions entirely in house, we are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with a musician and video production company to create an even more unique experience than we can offer.

Where the Money Goes

Music will be a key component to this show, and the work of pianist David Drazin is a great fit for the classic cartoon sound we want. David scores silent films and has previously worked with Lyon on the award winning short film, Junk Palace. The show will be approximately 45 minutes long and will be scored with Drazin's music. Swing and Jazz is the sound we want, and multi instrumentalist Dave can provide it.

The director’s interest in film has led CMT to experiment with the interaction of puppets and large scale projected animation.  Wade Sellers helped the director to create a test video, which was previewed at Playing After Dark in Columbia, SC to see it's effectiveness. We realized that it was a very engaging product by the audience's thrilled response. As a result, we would like to further the collaboration with Sellers and create more (as well as more complex) animation for the final version of Hansel and Gretel. This will be an essential visual element that your funding will provide.

Preview Hansel and Gretel puppets in Wade Sellers' computer generated world (preview version).
Preview Hansel and Gretel puppets in Wade Sellers' computer generated world (preview version).

CMT will be incurring the usual costs in creating the show. These will include puppet making materials, set materials, part time help and much more.

The family portrait, including a not-so-evil mother, the father, Hansel and Gretel.
The family portrait, including a not-so-evil mother, the father, Hansel and Gretel.

Rewards

Here are just a few pictures of some of the rewards we are offering. Most can be seen in the updates and more details on them may be there as well.

Gretel Dolly for $100 reward- a Jenny Mae Creation
Gretel Dolly for $100 reward- a Jenny Mae Creation
Lyon Hill marionettes. The original puppet offered in the $1000 reward will be in this style.
Lyon Hill marionettes. The original puppet offered in the $1000 reward will be in this style.
The poster offered in many of the rewards designed by Lyon Hill. He will also sign it.
The poster offered in many of the rewards designed by Lyon Hill. He will also sign it.

The original drawing being offered at the higher reward levels will be in the style of the character drawings seen in this description (although they will be more finished).

About The Columbia Marionette Theatre

We are a small non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Columbia, SC and have been producing marionette puppet shows for the public since 1988. Between in house shows, traveling shows and our Palmetto Pride sponsored Litter Trashes Everyone road show, our small staff stays very busy.

Tax Deductions

Since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible. Upon request, we will send a letter stating the amount donated for tax deduction purposes.

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    The option from reward 2, a song download from the Hansel and Gretel soundtrack and... Two tickets to see any CMT production and the choice of a Hansel and Gretel poster signed by artistic director Lyon Hill OR three character photographs signed with unique character autographs (great for the kids). Tax deductible.

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    The option from reward 2, a song download from the Hansel and Gretel soundtrack, two tickets to any CMT production, the choice of a Hansel and Gretel poster signed by artistic director Lyon Hill OR three character photographs signed with unique character autographs (great for the kids)...and (NEW) the choice of a Gretel Dolly (a Jenny Mae Creation) or an original drawing by artistic director Lyon Hill (images will be posted in the updates). Tax deductible.

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    The option from reward 2, two tickets to any CMT production, the choice of a Hansel and Gretel poster signed by artistic director Lyon Hill OR three character photographs signed with unique character autographs (great for the kids, (NEW) the choice of a Gretel Dolly (a Jenny Mae Creation) or an original drawing by artistic director Lyon Hill (images will be posted in the updates) and... A download of the full musical soundtrack of Hansel and Gretel, two additional tickets for any CMT production, as well as a private backstage tour with your guests where you can play with puppets and ask questions. Tax deductible.

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    Everything as seen in reward 7 and... An invitation for you, your friends and family to attend a special night showing of Hansel and Gretel. Tax deductible. The four tickets offered at this level may be substituted to have both the poster and three character autographs.

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    Everything as seen in reward 8 and... (NEW) an original 12" marionette in the style of Hansel and Gretel by artistic director Lyon Hill. Tax deductible. Edit: As seen in reward 7- (NEW) the choice of a Gretel Dolly (a Jenny Mae Creation) or an original drawing by artistic director Lyon Hill. This choice is also a part of reward 8, but unable to be edited in.

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