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Opera Theatre to host “Hansel and Gretel” themed show

Reynolds Performance Hall will host the UCA Opera Theatre and their performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

“Hansel and Gretel” is a cherished German children’s story written by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 about a young brother and sister. The two stray from their father and become lost in the woods.

They stumble upon a gingerbread house inhabited by an evil witch who has plotted to eat them both. The story then continues with more magic and misfortune.

The story is popular throughout the world.

The opera, which was written by Humperdinck in 1893, is its most notable form. This will be UCA’s first time to perform this opera.

“It begins on a normal day in the run down house of Hansel and Gretel,” grad student Ron McDaniel who plays “Peter” the father of Hansel and Gretel said. “But when they get to the woods, it transforms into something magical.”

UCA hopes the young, talented singers will draw out the community, especially the children.

“This story will be wonderful for the kids, children love the story and it’ll be a magical experience,” Dr. Rob Holden, professor of voice and opera and director of the UCA Opera Theatre said. “If you like ‘Into the Woods’ you’ll love this performance.”

Unlike its German origins, the performance will be sung in English. The singing will be accompanied only by piano.

“I think the biggest draw are the voices first. There are some wonderful singers out each night and they really bring great life to their characters,” McDaniel said. “The music is amazing. The set will be the big ‘coup de grace’.”

The performances will be at 7:30 on March 31-April 3.

Student tickets with a valid I.D. will be free. Student tickets without a valid I.D. will be $5. General Admission is $10, children 6 and under will attend for free.

“The most exciting thing about the opera is the collaboration betweenourmusicians,directors, set builders/designers and lighting designer” McDaniel said. “This will be a really great showcase of how the arts at UCA work together.”

Tickets will be available at the door and by calling the UCA Department of Music at (501) 450- 3163.

For more information on UCA Opera Theater, contact Robert Holden at (501) 450-5762 or [email protected] former student of the Rosenwald School, Barbara James, attended the screening.

“We worked on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Discipline was big. We knew we had to get an education. It was better than picking cotton,” James said.

This article originally appeared in the March 31, 2016 print edition of The Echo.

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