KCC to present classic opera “Hansel and Gretel”

An illustration of two children in the woods.

The Kellogg Community College Opera Workshop Ensemble will present the classic children’s holiday opera “Hansel and Gretel” for two performances at the Binda Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The shows will happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $5 and available at the door one hour before the show starts. They can also be reserved by emailing the director, Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, at blanchardg@kellogg.edu or calling 269-565-7859.

“This lively production is geared towards children of all ages with imaginative sets and costumes,” Blanchard said. “However, it is a classic story that adults of all ages can enjoy.”

In this enduring story based on the classic Grimm fairy tale and transformed into an opera by 19th century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, imaginative siblings embark on a precarious adventure to find something to eat when their fortunes turn for the worse. This tale of lost children, candy sweets and an evil witch premiered in Weimar, Germany, in 1893. The opera continues to be admired for its fun and folk music-inspired themes, including the famous “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.”

For more information about KCC’s Music program, visit www.kellogg.edu/music.

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