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The cast of ‘The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel stands in front of the gingerbread house at Central Lakes College’s Chalberg Theatre. Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch

So, you think you know the story of Hansel and Gretel? You may want to think again. Better yet, you may want to see the Central Lakes College (CLC) Children’s Theatre production of “The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 12 and June 13, and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 14. All shows are in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The play begins, oddly enough, with Streptococcus, a Fairy Godmother, attempting to conjure up the characters for a telling of Snow White. But her wand is bent and things aren’t going quite as they should. To make things worse, she’s interrupted by a couple of English policemen who are hot on the trail of two very devious and dangerous criminals — children who are causing no end of trouble in the forest. Their names? Hansel and Gretel!

Is it possible that there’s more to the story than we’ve been led to believe? A well-behaved pair of kiddies in the audience volunteer to help Streptococcus tell Hansel and Gretel’s familiar tale. But before everyone lives happily ever after, the police insist on having their say.

It turns out there is more to the story. Could it be that these two innocent children were really up to no good? When they encounter Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Jack from beanstalk fame, their more mischievous natures come through.

The cast of the CLC Children’s Theatre production includes Caleb Bjorlo and Rhiannon Kunesh in the title roles; Bri Keran as Streptococcus; Mike Novak and Linda Nichols as Hansel and Gretel’s parents; Marc Oliphant as Snow White; Joe Wooden as Goldilocks; Corie Weaver as Brunhilda and Red Riding Hood; Darren Dosh as the Big Bad Wolf; Rebekah Bjorlo as one of the Three Little Pigs; Amy Castillo as Mother Bear; Stephanie Kloss as the Witch; Nicole Rothleutner as Sergeant Ringworm; and Shane Keran as Inspector Wombat.

Tickets for the CLC Children’s Theatre production are $5 for adults, and $3 for children 12 and under. The general admission tickets can be purchased from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199.