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Kid-friendly ‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to Chautauqua

Emily Haight, playing Gretel, talks to young performers at Chautauqua. - Courtesy Photo
Emily Haight, playing Gretel, talks to young performers at Chautauqua.
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A child-friendly presentation of “Hansel and Gretel” — sung in English in a 45-minute abridged version — will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chautauqua Elementary School.

Organizers say the free show, Vashon Opera’s gift to the community, will delight children and give them an age-appropriate introduction to opera.

The story is a familiar one, of course, telling the tale of two spunky children lost in a forest and their escape from a wicked witch. The production is a little scary and very funny — tied together with music by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Sung by a young professional cast, this shortened opera includes Emily Haight as Gretel, Sorayah Surkatty as Hansel, Kaitlyn Morrell as the witch and Erin White as the Dew Fairy. Linda Lee plays the piano.

This is the second time Vashon Opera has produced an opera specifically for children. Last year, it put on “Little Red Riding Hood,” a huge success and a wonderful experience for the small opera company, according to Jennifer Krikawa, artistic director of Vashon Opera.

“We wanted to repeat that experience and this time with more than 30 Vashon Island children to sing along in the final song,” she said.

The show is intended for ages 3 to 12. Adults are welcome if accompanying a child.


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