New York, NY – Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, New York’s “company for artists by artists”, continues its annual tradition of the children’s classic Hansel and Gretel. This new, interactive and delightfully scary production opens December 23 at the Acorn Theatre.
Children ages 7 and up can take part in the show on stage during the performance, meet Hansel and Gretel themselves, and might even get to throw snowballs at the Witch. Each show will start with a brief presentation designed for kids and their parents about Hansel and Gretel. They’ll be introduced to the characters and story, some of the memorable tunes they can join in singing, when to applaud, and when and how to say “Bravo!” and “Brava!”.
Director Beth Greenberg, known for her “sure theatrical hand” according to Opera News, has created an inventive production that incorporates enough of the darkness and playfulness of the original Grimm fairy tale and to delight kids of all ages. “Kids love to be frightened, they love excitement, and they love music. They won’t go away disappointed!” says Greenberg, who has directed operas both traditional and new for high-profile opera companies including New York City Opera.
Performance dates and times are:
Dec. 23 – 3 and 6 pm
Dec. 24 – 2 pm
Dec. 26 – 6 pm
Dec. 27 – 6 pm
Dec. 28- 3 and 6 pm
Dec. 29 – 3 and 6 pm
Dec. 30 – 3 and 6 pm
Jan. 1 – 3 and 6 pm
The Acorn Theatre is located on Theatre Row at 410 West 42nd St.
Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s mission is to empower emerging artists, encourage creative thinking, and develop business-minded artists by creating opportunities for artists to produce operas themselves—a company for artists by artists. For further information see www.operamanhattan.com.