Saturday, November 28, 2020

Dell'Arte's Holiday Show Comes to Your Living Room

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 11:55 AM

As you scan the growing list of holiday traditions we'll be skipping this year due to COVID-19 and Humboldt County's move into the purple "widespread" risk tier, cross off the annual Dell'Arte holiday show. The Blue Lake-based theater folks are taking the always innovative performances, which normally tour the county with free shows for the kiddies, virtual. This year, you and the little ones can catch its adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic Hansel and Gretel live streaming and on local PBS TV station KEET.

click to enlarge Oscar "Oz" Nava and Laura Jill Murillo Hart as the babes in the wood. - SUBMITTED
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The first show was last night but you can tune in via the school's Facebook Live tonight, Nov. 28 and tomorrow Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. or catch it on KEET Channel 13 Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. Laura Jill Murillo Hart will be Gretel, Hansel will be played by Oscar "Oz" Nava, their mother and father are played by Julieta Garza and Nate FitzSimons, and the candy-pushing witch is Dustin Curry.

According to a press release from Dell'Arte International, the show, which typically reaches thousands of kids, is produced with help from donations and sponsorships from local businesses. Read the full release below.

“Hansel and Gretel” adapted from the Brothers Grimm

 The Dell’Arte Holiday Tour Goes Digital

November 27 – December 28

BLUE LAKE, CA: The Dell’Arte Company’s annual Holiday Show tour, now in its 40th year, will not take a break due to the worldwide pandemic. Instead, audiences are invited to usher in the festive season with an adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” which will be available through the comfort of their home and devices.

Crafted for children and families in a way that is accessible, safe and free, this timeless tale will be told through Dell'Arte's unique comic, physical performance lens. Traditionally performed at various schools, theatres, community centers and other spaces throughout the North Coast, performances will instead be streamed through social media and aired on local PBS affiliate KEET-TV.

“At this moment, where crises ­­– from a pandemic to a movement for social and racial justice, to struggling businesses, all converge – it is our intent to offer an experience of joy and possibility to the community,” said Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields. “And in this enduring tale, written in a time of global hardship, it is the children who are the wise ones.”

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm classic fable, “Hansel and Gretel” includes Dell'Arte's trademark physical performance style as well as original music. Fields is the director, Dell’Arte Faculty Member Carlos Gallegos is assistant director, and the third-year MFA students will perform the show.

“Hansel and Gretel” will begin its run via Facebook Live on Nov. 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Final performances will be aired through KEET Channel 13 Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.

The cast is as follows:

Gretel – Laura Jill Murillo Hart
Hansel – Oscar "Oz" Nava
Mother – Julieta Garza
Father – Nate FitzSimons
Witch -– Dustin Curry

Keeping with tradition, there is no charge for the performance, which is made possible thanks to the generosity of The California Arts Council and the following sponsors: Coast Central Credit Union, George Peterson Insurance, Pierson Building Center, St. Joseph Hospital, U.S. Bank and Brio Breadworks.

Dell’Arte performances from “around the world and down the block” rely on donations in order to reach thousands of eyes, hearts, and minds each year. If you are able, you can support by donating today. For more information please visit https://dellarte.com/support-us/.

Dell’Arte strives to make professional, family, holiday entertainment available to both rural and urban communities that rarely see live theatre. Traditionally the Dell’Arte Holiday Show reaches approximately 5,000 – 8,000 people each year, including many school-age children. It is the hope that just as many access this year’s show, and that in 2021 the tour returns in the same manner it originated.

The full schedule is as follows: Friday, Nov. 27, Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. – Facebook Live
Friday Dec 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. – Facebook Live
Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. – KEET Channel 13
Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. – KEET Channel 13
Monday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. – KEET Channel 13

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