Bel Canto and MCS present Hansel and Gretel
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR A PERFORMANCE YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS! Once again, Bel Canto and the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint come together to bring opera to the Sandpoint stage with this year’s performance of Hansel and Gretel. The children’s opera offers audiences the well-known story along with tunes many children will recognize.
The performance is geared toward those ages 6 and older and of course adults! “Really, it is a family event and traditionally, in Europe, the whole family goes,” says Karin Wedemeyer, Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's executive director. The opera is about one hour and 20 minutes long, so it’s sure to keep the little ones’ attention. The mission of Bel Canto opera is to re-introduce opera to a younger audience and make it an experience that they would like to be part of as a musician or in the audience. Bel Canto opera creates its own stories under the artistic direction of Karin Wedemeyer, with Keely Grey as the stage director/writer and John Fitzgerald as the music director.
According to Karin, Bel Canto has done a previous edited version of Hansel and Gretel, but this performance is the most expanded one yet. “While the principles carry a big part of the singing, the students are the highlight in this production as they are working with more complex repertoire,” says Karin. “Some of the stage props have also been created by students under the stage director Keely Grey.”
The opera will be held at The Heartwood Center Sunday, December 22, and Monday, December 23. Both performances start at 3pm. The community can purchase tickets in advance at MCS, 110 Main Street, and at the door prior to each performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and students or $25 per family, and purchase of a ticket includes the gingerbread house building afterward.
“The gingerbread house is especially appealing to children who, after the opera, get to participate in building little gingerbread houses,” smiles Karin. There will also be a small reception afterward with hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies for all to enjoy.Event Website: