Arts Council will stage Hansel and Gretel



( Top) From left: Hansel – Christopher Beason; Gretel – Hannah Huie; (Center) The Witch – Cindy Hastings (brace yourself for zaniness). (Bottom) From left: Fairies – Bethany Hogeland and Mary Meg Brewer; Gingerbread Kids (two of many) – Blanton and Jessie King

( Top) From left: Hansel – Christopher Beason; Gretel – Hannah Huie; (Center) The Witch – Cindy Hastings (brace yourself for zaniness). (Bottom) From left: Fairies – Bethany Hogeland and Mary Meg Brewer; Gingerbread Kids (two of many) – Blanton and Jessie King

The fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel will make its longawaited appearance on Saturday May 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May, 5, at 2 p.m. at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School.

Filled with lush music and beautiful singing, Hansel and Gretel is often called a perfect “first” opera for those who are new to opera. The production features toe- tapping folk songs, beautiful voices, some ballet, and lots of children. It has everything a drama should have – humor, anger, fear, suspense, and a denouement – followed by happiness and a moral to the story.

Local talent is cast in every role. Besides the roles identified in the photos, Becky McCay is Gertrud (the mother), Mike Buckelew is Peter (the father), Logan Buckelew is the Sandman, and Erin Jones is the Dew Fairy – along with Angels and Gingerbread Children too many to count.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at the Blount County Museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $2 for students, kindergarten through high school.

Deborah Beason is the accompanist and Carol Lewey produces and directs. Both are accomplished musicians, assuring a delightful musical experience for opera-goers. Sponsored by the Blount County Community Arts Council.

If you’ve been starved all winter for a fresh, exciting exercise in enjoyment, come to the opera and participate in this rite of spring. Bring the kids. They’ll enjoy it, too.