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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Vancouver Playhouse
November 24, 26, 29 | December 1, 3, 8, 10 at 7:30pm
November 27 | December 11 at 2:00pm
November 30 | December 7 at 12:30pm

For VO’s new production, in an abridged version to appeal to younger audiences, the master artisans of Old Trout Puppet workshop have created an enchanting fairy-tale world of visual surprises. VO commissioned a charming new reduced orchestration to suit the intimate Vancouver Playhouse.

Conductor: Alexander Prior
Brenna Corner
Sets and Puppets: Old Trout Puppet Workshop
New reduced orchestration: Anatoly Korolyov

Hansel: Pascale Spinney (Mezzo-Sporano)
Gretel: Taylor Pardell (Soprano)
Gertrude (mother): Leah Giselle Field (Mezzo-Soprano)
Peter (father): Peter Monaghan (Bass-Baritone)
Sandman: Vanessa Oude‐Reimerink (Soprano)
Dew Fairy: Vanessa Oude‐Reimerink(Soprano)
The Witch: Ryan Downey (Tenor)
Puppeteers: Lenard Stanga, Viktor Lukawski

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About Hansel and Gretel
Long ago, in a fairy-tale house, two children find themselves on a magical adventure. Lost in the woods and pursued by a witch, Hansel and Gretel must use all their wits and trickery to avoid a terrible fate. Astonishing puppets and playful surprises abound in this family-friendly treat. Engelbert Humperdinck's dramatic score will thrill seasoned opera-goers and charm new audiences with familiar tunes that beautifully evoke the forest setting and the opera's colourful characters and creatures. A youthful cast brings fresh energy and superb talent to this delightful holiday production.

Suitable for ages 6 and up

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission.

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Opera Zoo
Calling all kids! Our pre-show Interactive Opera Stations are unique opportunities for young opera-goers to engage with opera professionals by drawing, playing theatre games, dressing up, and, of course, singing! Our pre-show stations will be available free of charge to all ticket-holders in the lobby of the Playhouse one hour prior to the Hansel and Gretel Matinees on November 27th and December 11th.

No RSVP required. We look forward to seeing you there!


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