HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 16, 2013 – High Point University will feature the classic fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” by Engelbert Humperdinck at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.
HPU will also host a special performance of Hansel and Gretel for nearly 500 elementary school students from Montlieu Academy of Technology, Johnson Street Global Studies, New Garden Friends School and Wesleyan Christian Academy. Performances for the children will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29-30.
The famous tale, by Brothers Grimm, will come to life in this operatic setting of Hansel and Gretel. HPU students will sing the story in English, and children and adults alike will delight in the magical setting, which will include special effects and a live animated backdrop.
“We are pleased to be able to present this production to the community, and are excited to welcome area schoolchildren to our performances,” says Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of music. “We hope that this experience will help them develop a curiosity about the arts and perhaps inspire them to become involved in music or drama at their schools.”
MacLeod notes that this performance marks the first time the HPU Department of Music has produced a fully staged opera.
“Hansel and Gretel is the perfect first production,” says MacLeod. “The fact that we are able to produce an opera in our entirely undergraduate program speaks to the growth and depth of the music department in recent years, as well as exceptional student talent and commitment.”
The event is part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series, which assists faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers.