Just in time for the holidays, the alluring scent of gumdrop-encrusted gingerbread fills the air. Among the frightening lessons to be learned from Children’s and Household Tales (as Grimm’s Fairy Tales was originally titled) is don’t trust anyone — especially your parents. Faced with too many mouths to feed during a famine, a woodcutter and his wife abandon Hansel and Gretel deep in the woods. Not deep enough, though. Damn white pebbles. So, they do it again, and get it right the second time. A “beautiful” white pigeon (possibly the one that ate all the bread crumbs) leads the German tots to an edible house designed by a cannibalistic hag who enslaves Gretel and cages Hansel. Betrayal, torture, murder, theft, and girl power are among the topics that might cause flying leaps when the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet presents Hansel and Gretel. Trivia: Staged productions of Hänsel und Gretel date to 1893, when Engelbert Humperdinck (the original one, not the living Indian born pop singer who adopted the German composer’s name) turned the fairy tale into an opera — based on a puppet show produced by his nieces. $12-$20, 2pm & 7pm Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday, the Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N Hackberry, (210) 650-8810, ticketmaster.com, sametballet.org.
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