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The third part of the Hansel and Gretel story reaches its conclusion as the witch entices the children into the house. As they enter the gingerbread house and look around them it takes a moment before what they see sinks in. The house is strung with toys and upside down dolls. The kindly old lady transforms into a witch before their eyes and before they know it she has put Hansel in a cage and got Gretel baking cake after cake to fatten him up for the pot. After time has passed the witch decides Hansel is ready to eat, but Gretel shakes off her trance and takes the witch on in a kitchen utensil fight for their lives!
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First broadcast:
18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as a stimulus to evaluate performance or to show different movements. Teachers could use this clip to show how movements might change when the situation changes. Children may be asked to describe the movements when they are captured compared to the movements when they are returning home? What are their feelings? How have their movements changed? The children should appreciate that the clip sets the scene through the environment of the house and that writing should similarly have its establishing shot in written form. The children should appreciate the techniques used in both film and the story to allow the viewer or reader to gain empathy with Hansel and his sister. These stem not just from their predicament but the clean nature of their appearance, compared with the more gnarled witch. These could be explored in written form and in drama. The dance movements are choreographed between the witch and Gretel and children should appreciate how the art is telling the story, sometimes more powerfully and graphically than words. The use of music, especially the discordant elements in this part, lend real atmosphere to the piece. Children should appreciate and write music for themselves with appropriate mood.