Friday, March 28, 2008

Weekend Pick: Hansel & Gretel Opera in Marblehead

The Boston Lyric Opera presents a kid-friendly version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s treat of an opera, Hansel and Gretel. The squirm-proof, one-hour, fully staged, English-language version features the Opera's orchestra and will be performed for families in Marblehead on Sunday.
In this classic fairy tale geared for children ages 6-12, a walk in the forest turns into a discovery of delights and frights. A gingerbread house tempts Hansel and Gretel’s taste buds, but behind those sugar-coated gumdrop walls lurks a witch! Hansel and Gretel must stick together to free the forest from a wicked spell. This production is a perfect way to introduce children to opera and is great for the whole family!

When: Sunday, March 30, at 1;30 p.m.
Where: Marblehead Veterans Middle School Performing Arts Center, 217 Pleasant St., Marblehead
Tickets: $18 for adults and $12 for children. Call Audience Services at 617-542-6772 or order online at

The Boston Lyric Opera offers a free downloadable study guide at which reinforces Massachusetts Learning Standards through a variety of fun opera activities and is ideal for parents, teachers, and children in grades 2-7.

Boston Lyric Opera is New England’s favorite opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. Its mainstage productions at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre, live broadcasts on WGBH radio and traveling production of a fully staged, one-hour English version of a popular opera for school children and families reach some 200,000 people a year. Boston Lyric Opera’s programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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