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The (Almost) True Story of HANSEL AND GRETEL, Owasso Community Theatre

October 12th, 2017 All Day - October 14th, 2017

A mixed-age cast of 25 gathered at New Life Assembly in Collinsville Friday to rehearse for Owasso Community Theatre Company’s (OCTC) first production, “The (Almost) True Story of Hansel & Gretel.”

The performance is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14 at Owasso High School’s Mary Glass Performing Arts Center, 12901 E. 86th St. N.

The production is based on the traditional story of Hansel and Gretel – but with a humorous twist. It will feature various characters such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Bears and more.

“We have a talented cast,” said OCTC Director Kay Neldon. “Lots of crazy characters coming in and out … and then there’s other characters that (appear) that you might not expect.”

The first act starts out innocently enough but is eventually interrupted by police officers seeking dangerous criminals, labeling Hansel and Gretel as primary suspects. In the second act, the story is retold through a different, darker lens.

Neldon said one of the unique elements of the show is the wide range of ages (8-65) represented in the cast that hail from across the region, including Tulsa, Skiatook and Collinsville, in addition to Owasso.

“Our youngest are getting some great opportunities to network with experienced actors, but some of our older actors aren’t experienced either,” she said. “That’s our best thing is truly being community.”

Ethan Bass, 12, who plays Hansel, said he has participated in other plays, but this is his first time performing with OCTC and is excited about going on stage.

“It’s fun and great,” he said, “being one of the main characters and just being part of it.”