Act I

Hansel and Gretel - Act I

The first act of Hansel and Gretel takes place at the edge of a great forest in the cottage of the poor broom maker Peter, with his wife Gertrude and their two children, Hansel and Gretel. Father has gone to the village fair to sell his brooms and mother has left Hansel to make more brooms while Gretel is left to do the mending. But, Gretel would rather teach Hansel how to dance instead. Mother returns and finds the children playing, and in her anger accidentally breaks the jug of milk meant for their supper. She then sends the children into the forest to gather berries for supper.
Father returns very pleased; he has sold all his brooms and has brought food for their supper. But, he is worried about the children being alone in the forest, which is said to be haunted by a witch! As the act ends, he and mother go search for the children.

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