Don’t think for a moment that the College’s Lyric Theatre Society is targeting only young people not old enough to have a student ID with “An Evening of One-Act Children’s Operas,” Oct. 23-25. “The Impresario” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck will play well to “kids” of all ages, according to director Heather Hunnicutt.
“Young children will see ‘The Impresario’ as a cartoon, while their parents will snicker at some things that will go over the kids’ heads,” said Hunnicutt, Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies. “Then, the glamorous music and fog effects in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ will send kids, their parents and other adults into a world they’ll enjoy escaping to.”
Hunnicutt said LTS actually chose the two just-under-an-hour works with college students in mind. “The Impresario” is a light-hearted comedy about trying to put together an opera season for a theatre company, and “Hansel and Gretel” is an operatic adaptation of the classic children’s fairytale. There’s a 10-minute intermission.
“The first is hilarious,” she said. “The second is a drama, but ‘Hansel and Gretel’ is a story line they are already familiar with and therefore accessible.” Both operas are being performed in English and include a mix of singing and spoken dialogue.
The colorful, whimsical sets are also bound to liven up the John L. Hill Chapel stage. Take special note of the Witch’s Gingerbread House in “Hansel and Gretel,” which was designed by a contest-winning Scott County third-grader. The winner of this art competition held by a number Scott County elementary school classes will be revealed in the program and in the Georgetown News-Graphic.
H.M. Lewis of the Music faculty will conduct a chamber orchestra which will include Georgetown faculty members Eloise Lewis as 1st violin, Bill Stevens on bass and Andrea Peach on bassoon. There are also a number of faculty children involved as the gingerbread children in “Hansel and Gretel.”
A special treat is the return of May graduate Ryland Pope, who was chosen Best Singer/Artist Overall in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Competition a year ago, as guest artist. The Georgetown College cast includes music majors and minors: Molly Shoulta, Nathan Van Til, Daniel Ng, Michael Cannon, Sable Floyd, Cate Kilgore, Chuck Harris, Haley Howard, Elyssa McElrath, Victoria Engelhardt and Elizabeth Maines.
Tickets are on sale starting October 1 in the campus bookstore; $4 for all students with identification, $10 for adults. Children 8-and-under are free and receive crayons and a coloring book that will guide them through the stories. You may also reserve seats by calling The Store at (502) 863-8134.
The curtain is at 7 p.m. for “An Evening of One-Act Children’s Operas” on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24. But NOTE the misnomer in the title – Sunday’s performance (Oct. 25) begins at 3 in the afternoon.