The Gist of Things
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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