Published on November 15, 2017 by Ashley Smith  
Hansel Gretel poster

Samford University’s Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series brings the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel to stage of Samford’s Harrison Theatre Nov. 30-Dec. 3.  Performances will be November 30-December 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m.   

According to Joseph Hopkins, School of the Arts dean, "It takes a village to present an opera. Combining the talents of performers, musicians, designers, technicians, directors and managers whose attention to detail and commitment to the task makes this performance possible."  

Kristin Kenning, director of Samford Opera, notes, "Our joint production between the Division of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance exemplifies the type of artistic collaboration that makes Samford a vibrant place for arts education and artistic collaboration." 

Engelbert Humperdinck composed his fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel at the behest of his sister, librettist Adelheid Wette, as a Christmas gift for her children. The opera closely follows the tale as recorded by the Grimm brothers and premiered under the baton of Richard Strauss in Weimar, Germany, on Dec. 23, 1893. The classic tale will appeal to young and old, showcasing local school children in the chorus and the stunning set design of former theatre faculty member Eric Olson, Kenning said. 

Kenning expressed her "heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the production and to Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith for providing the funding that makes the opera season possible."