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Hänsel und Gretel at Power Center for the Performing Arts

Dates: (11/14/2024 - 11/17/2024 )


Power Center for the Performing Arts

University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

121 N. Fletcher Street

Phone: (734) 764-2538

Tickets: Reserved Seating $30/$24/$13 Student Tickets | 10% discount on 4 (or more) tickets

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A charming fairy-tale opera with a folk-inspired score, Hansel and Gretel – by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck, with a libretto by his sister, Adelheid Wette – has been loved by audiences of all ages since its first performance in 1893. In a familiar tale that softens some of the Brothers Grimm’s darker elements, Hansel and Gretel are sent into the forest by their frustrated mother to hunt for strawberries and stay out of trouble. They gather berries and frolic in the woods, soon realizing they are lost as darkness descends. The Sandman appears and helps the children fall asleep under the protective gaze of angels. Awakened by the Dew Fairy in the morning, Hansel and Gretel spot an enticing house made of gingerbread and other treats. As they nibble on the house, a frightening witch appears from within and captures the children, threatening to fatten Hansel up and use him to make gingerbread. The clever children must keep their wits about them to avoid a fiery fate. Fun fact: In 1965, British singer Arnold George Dorsey changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, adopting the name of the German composer. He went on to become a world-famous performer for several decades, selling more than 150 million records worldwide. Music Direction by Kirk Severtson Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto by Adelheid Wette

Hänsel und Gretel at Power Center for the Performing Arts Schedule

November 14 at 7:30 pm November 15 & 16 at 8:00 pm November 17 at 2:00 pm

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