ARTS Pick: Hansel and Gretel

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Alice Coote as Hansel, Philip Langridge as the Witch and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Alice Coote as Hansel, Philip Langridge as the Witch and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel becomes an absurd opera in the hands of producer Richard Jones. In a special English-language Met Live In HD presentation, the doomed siblings wander from their home into the dark forest and end up at the Witch’s gingerbread house. With food at its dramatic center, each act of the opera is set in a different kind of kitchen and informed by a different theatrical style.

Saturday, December 30. $10.50-14.50, 2pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

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