New Healthy Spin on an Old Children's Classic

Dec 5, 2011

The Rochester Children's Theatre is giving a classic children's tale a new "tune".

Sweet House is a musical version of Hansel and Gretel.

The district-wide tour begins December 5th and will be performed before an estimated 20,000 students in all 40 elementary schools in the city. The tour wraps up in February.The Theatre group says this original musical is not only entertaining but educational. 

It was inspired by Michelle Obama's "Let's Move campaign" -- an initiative to inspire healthy eating and exercise in the nation's youth.

About 15 percent of Rochester's youth are either obese or overweight according to New York State statistics.

Rochester Children's Theatre Artistic Director Deborah Haber explains to WXXI's LeShea Agnew the goal of this contemporary take on an old children's tale is to inspire kids to make smarter lifestyle decisions.