“Hansel and Gretel” - A New Halloween Tradition for the Entire Family

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Magic City Opera presents "Hansel and Gretel," a family-friendly opera in English, on October 22 & 28 in Pinecrest Gardens and the Olympia Theater.

Miami’s social opera company, Magic City Opera (MCO), is pleased to bring Miami’s its newest Halloween tradition. MCO is scheduled to produce and perform a delightful, interactive reimagining of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to Pinecrest Gardens (October 22, 2017) and Olympia Theatre (October 28, 2017) just in time for Halloween.

This family-friendly performance will last just over an hour and features the classic story you know and love, performed in English by a cast of South Florida artists. Children and parents will fall in love with this magical journey into this timeless fairy tale. Plus, children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes so families can meet and collect candy from the performers on the actual set after the show! Children are sure to recognize much of the music, including the famous “Evening Prayer” and “When at Night I Go to Sleep.”

The one-of-a-kind set, featuring the iconic candy cottage and enchanted forest, will be brought to the stage in an extravaganza of color and whimsy by Magic City Opera’s brand-new set, designed by Michael Miles and constructed by Nicole Quintana.

“Miami is a city deserving of traditions, and Magic City Opera is glad to provide a yearly performance that was created in our community to serve our community. From the set design to the professional performers, all the talent is local and world-class, and this production acts as a showcase for the Miami opera brand.”

The role of Hansel will be played by mezzo-soprano Shanna Nolan Gundry, and his sister Gretel will be played by soprano Kimberly Soby. Their mother and father will be played by soprano Jennifer Tipton and bass Neil Nelson, respectively. Tenor Kunya Rowley will play the fearsome Witch, and the Sandman/Dewfairy roles will be performed by soprano Alysia Velez.

The production manager is Monica Soderman with Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei serving as staging director and Anna Fateeva serving as musical director and piano accompanist.

“We hope to see children of all ages at this performance who we can eventually bring their own kids to Miami’s Halloween opera tradition. Come for the music, but stay for the trick or treating on set with the performers, and make sure to bring your children in costume! This show is fully accessible, with a short performance time and a family-friendly format. I am sure this will be an event that you and your family won’t forget.”

The first public performances of MCO’s Hansel and Gretel will come to Pinecrest Gardens on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Tickets will be sold through Pinecrest Gardens at http://bit.ly/2fo3Vog
Pricing is as follows:

  • $20-Adult Seat + $2.00/ticket surcharge
  • $15-Senior Seat + $1.50/ticket surcharge
  • $10-Child Seat + $1.25/ticket surcharge

A promo code is available at http://mcopera.org/upcoming-events/ for families of 4 or more members.

The following Saturday, Magic City Opera will bring two additional performances of Hansel and Gretel to the Olympia Theatre as part of Downtown Fright Night. Additional performance information will be made available at the beginning of October on Magic City Opera’s website.

This event is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support for this production comes from Miami Downtown Development Association, Miami Club Rum, WLRN, and the Junior Opera Guild. For more information on this concert, please visit http://mcopera.org/upcoming-events call Brittany Mazzurco Muscato at 484.636.6729.

About Magic City Opera
Magic City Opera, established in 2016, was formed to create experiential events that can entertain and educate South Florida audiences using the creative arts force, opera. Recognizing the social culture that the South Florida community thrives on, Magic City Opera focuses on creating short presentations, bookended with social events. MCO operates on the precept that less is more, limiting our presentations length to 90-minutes or less, allowing time for reflection, discussion, and socialization. We believe that an operatic presentation gives the audience the “High Five” of the creative arts: Music, Drama, Visual Art, Dance, and the Literary Arts. We endeavor to create performances that incorporate as many of the “High Five” as we can in each presentation, giving the audience an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.

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