GILFORD — Just Love to Sing! will present the Engelbert Humperdinck opera "Hansel & Gretel" at the Gilford Community Church on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m. This production will feature all the characters of the childhood fairytale, complete with Witch, Gingerbread Children, and Angels.
"We are looking forward to bringing this special opera to life right here in the Lakes Region," says Carlos Martinez, music director. "It is a beautiful and light opera which is perfect for the entire family. People will recognize some of the tunes, and much of the music is lively and engaging." said Martinez. In addition to being musical director, Martinez will also play the role of "Father" in the opera.
Other roles to be performed will feature Jane Cormier from Alton, as "Gretel"; Amy Mitchell of Contoocook in the role of "Hansel"; Erin Deady, Hillsboro, as "Dew Fairy"; Letitia Stevens of Boston as the "Witch" and Emilia DiCola of Boston as "Mother". As in most Just Love to Sing! productions, many of the singers performing in "Hansel & Gretel" participated in the Just Love to Sing! Opera Competition, which is an annual event held each October.
Alicia's School of Dance from Loudon, NH will offer the choreography of the "14 Angels" who protect Hansel and Gretel while they are lost in the woods. Also, a 14 member Children's Chorus will perform the enchanting "Gingerbread Chorus" at the end of the opera.
Tickets for "Hansel & Gretel" can be purchased online at www.justlovetosing.com and will also be available at the door. Tickets are $12 for adultd and $10 for seniors and children. For more information, call (603)781 5695.