Posting Date: April 14, 2011
Kennesaw State Opera Theatre to perform "Hansel and Gretel"
Performance includes KSU Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Chorus
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Opera Theatre will perform an all-English version of Engelbert Humperdinck's 19th-century fairytale opera "Hansel and Gretel" in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater April 28-May 1.
Based on the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel" tells the story of two young siblings' attempts to outwit an evil witch who lives deep in a forest. The production is directed by Eileen Moremen, artist-in-residence in voice, and features two rotating casts composed of students from the KSU School of Music and the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance. Students Jennifer Olenic and Brooke Eastlick star as Hansel and Kristen Brent and Chani Maisonet play Gretel.
The production features the KSU Orchestra under the direction of Michael Alexander, director of orchestras, and Russell Young, associate professor of opera and musical theater. The production will also include the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra Chorus singing the parts of angels and gingerbread children in the first two acts. The opera also integrates state-of-the-art technology by using a projector to display 12 different scenic backdrops and video enhancements. "Combining the technology, music, and singing is definitely a challenging puzzle, but it is coming together very well," Moremen explains.
Moremen says the opera has a thrilling, emotion-filled repertoire for the singers and features fantastical characters. "The music is folksy, lush and complex, with thick orchestral pieces. It is quite a tour de force, and all the elements together should make for a really special event."
The Opera Theatre is an enriching program geared towards vocal majors wishing to pursue a career in singing. Kennesaw State puts on one fully staged production each year. Past productions have included Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard” and Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The Opera Theatre also produces the annual “Opera Gala,” a collection of operatic arias, ensembles and choruses from the world’s best-loved operas.
General admission is $15. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.