Murray State University’s Department of Music presents Hansel and Gretel this weekend at the Performing Arts Hall. Dr. Maribeth Crawford and three cast members preview the show on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross.
Students are performing a 45 minute version of the 2.5 hour opera. Crawford says the show is in English and serves as a fun, approachable introduction to opera. The quick pace story is family friendly. In fact, Crawford says she is hoping to pull in a young audience. She says people will probably recognize most of the songs though they may not have realized they are from Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
The cast began practicing the music over the summer but have only rehearsed for five weeks. The students say it is a fun challenge to both sing opera and act at the same time.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. The maximum charge per family is $15.