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Family Ticket Special!
Tickets for students ages 8-18 are FREE!
Adults $15, Seniors & Students Age 19+ $10
Call or Stop by the Kleist Box Office
Directions: Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Costume design sketches by Charlene Gross

Benajmin Wayne Smith (left) in rehearsals for BW's 2013 production of Pirates of Penzance.

Maestro Dean Williamson rehearses the BW orchestra for 2012's Don Giovanni.

2014 Spring Opera: Hansel & Gretel

Bring the whole family to a timeless story of self-discovery and scary surprise, Thursday - Saturday, February 20 - 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Benjamin Wayne Smith and sung in English, this classic fairytale comes alive to Engelbert Humperdinck’s lush, Wagner-inspired score. 

Family-friendly and "terrific introduction ... to opera"

""This masterpiece has something for everyone: a timeless story; lush, gorgeous music, and magical setting brought to life by our amazing designers," said Smith. "It is a terrific introduction for someone new to opera."

In fact, BW is offering free tickets to students ages 8-18 to make family attendance even easier. Adult tickets are priced at $15, with a discounted $10 ticket available to seniors and students age 19 and up.

Families who attend the Sunday matinee have the opportunity to arrive one hour early for a free backstage tour (1 p.m. tour; 2 p.m. performance) hosted by the costumed Dew Fairy.

Acclaimed Guest Music Director Returns

Maestro Dean Williamson (Seattle Opera/Minnesota Opera/Nashville Opera) returns to lead the BW orchestra for the production. Williamson, former artistic director of Opera Cleveland, has been the guest music director and conductor for BW’s mainstage operas since 2011.

Director Benjamin Wayne Smith, who has led nineteen new productions since 2000, ranging from Pergolesi’s La serva padrona to Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, brings a balance of practical experience and innovative storytelling to his projects, which have been hailed by Opera News as “full of comic inventiveness."

Two fantastic student casts create the young children, their struggling parents, the hungry witch and the rest of the characters you'll meet on a trip through the dark forest.

Performances of Hansel & Gretel will be staged in BW's Kleist Center for Art & Drama, John Patrick Theatre. Call 440-826-2240 for tickets.

Posted January 2014

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