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Opera 'Hansel and Gretel' being presented March 6-8

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the opera "Hansel and Gretel," by Engelbert Humperdinck, at 7:30 p.m. March 6-7 and at 2:30 p.m. March 8 in McCain Auditorium.

In this classic tale based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel disobey their parents by ignoring their daily chores and playing all day. When their mother returns, she sends them into the woods, warning them not to return until they have filled their baskets with strawberries. The children get lost. Scared and lonely, they wander the woods until they come across a beautiful house decorated with candies and gingerbread and meet the woman who lives within. 

Reginald Pittman, professor of music, is directing "Hansel and Gretel." 

Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by phone at 785-532-6428. Tickets are $10 for students, $13 for seniors and military and $15 for the general public, plus taxes and applicable fees. Tickets also may be purchased online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre. Fees apply to phone and online orders. 

The following Kansas State University students are in the cast of "Hansel and Gretel"; included is their role: 

Mary Wahlmeier, senior in music, Burlington, Angel Dancer; Kristin Chase, senior in theatre, Chanute, Angel Dancer; Ryan Moos, junior in music education, Clay Center, Angel Dancer. 

From Greater Kansas City: Katie Bond, sophomore in music education, Gingerbread Child; Paige Heinze, senior in elementary education, Angel Dancer; Tiffani Lawrence, sophomore in pre-professional secondary education, Angel Dancer; Bailey Miller, freshman in pre-professional elementary education, Angel Dancer; and Kelly Urschel, freshman in applied music, Angel Dancer, all from Overland Park; and Jamie Teixeira, senior in English, Shawnee, Angel Dancer. 

Bethany Parker, sophomore in pre-professional secondary education, Hill City, Angel Dancer; Tiffany Willbanks, junior in music education, Hutchinson, Gingerbread Child; Madison Boyer, sophomore in music education, Kingman, Gingerbread Child; Christian Blackburn, junior in applied music, Lakin, Father. 

From Manhattan: Madison Long, sophomore in chemistry, Angel Dancer; Grace Pierson, junior in theatre, Angel Dancer; and Sharon Wilson, freshman in music education, Gingerbread Child. 

Jackie Newland, junior in agriculture communications and journalism, Neodesha, Sandman and Gingerbread Child; and Madison Moore, junior in applied music, Pratt, Witch. 

From out of state: 

Sarah Stoulil, senior in applied music, Pocahontas, Iowa, Dew Fairy; Lauren Butz, sophomore in music education, Red Oak, Iowa, Angel Dancer; Anna Rider Gard, master's student in music, Independence, Missouri, Mother; Alexis Nelson, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, Peculiar, Missouri, Angel Dancer; Erin Koolman, master's student in music, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Hansel; and Ivy Calvert, senior in applied music, Burke, Virginia, Gretel. 

From out of country: Mary Abounabhan, freshman in business administration, Lebanon, Angel Dancer.


Angelica McKinnis


K-State Theatre

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Burlington, Chanute, Clay Center, Hill City, Hutchinson, Kingman, Lakin, Manhattan, Neodesha, Overland Park, Pratt and Shawnee, Kansas; Pocahontas and Red Oak, Iowa; Independence and Peculiar, Missouri; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; and Burke, Virginia.

Written by

Darrah Tinkler

At a glance

The opera "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented by Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at 7:30 p.m. March 6-7 and 2:30 p.m. March 8 in McCain Auditorium.