‘Hansel and Gretel’ to be Performed at River Campus

Poster for the upcoming opera performance of "Hansel and Gretel"

The Department of Music at Southeast will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” Jan.22–24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 10, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” Jan.22–24 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.  

The performance at noon Jan. 22 will be a private showing for local schools.  The opera will be fully staged for the public at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 24.  The opera, approximately 80 minutes long, is a full-stage production and features a chamber orchestra.  

In addition to 14 Department of Music students who have been rehearsing since September in the Opera Theatre Workshop class, the cast will include seven students from local schools who auditioned for the opera on Dec. 7.  These students, who are currently studying voice at the Southeast Missouri Music Academy with teachers Kaylyn Kinder, Mary Mims and Lori Shaffer, were taught a portion of the music from the show at the audition and performed the selection with movement from memory at the end of the audition.

Show conductor Dr. Timothy Schmidt and vocal coach Dr. Leslie Jones said they were very impressed with the enthusiasm and quick music skills of these students.

Students who were selected are Michaila Fleming of St. Vincent de Paul School in Cape Girardeau, Timothy Heinsman of Cape Central High School, Lauren Hunt of Woodland Middle School, Nia Johnson of Cape Middle School, Levi Kempf of Jackson Middle School, Lydia Moyers of Guardian Angel School in Oran, Mo., and Ryan Settle of Immaculate Conception in Jackson, Mo.

“We are very pleased to welcome these seven very talented Southeast Missouri Music Academy voice students into our cast,” said Christopher Goeke, chair of the Department of Music and director for the opera.  “They all did a great audition and will be a wonderful addition to our show.”

Schools interested in attending the private performance can contact Goeke at (573) 651-2544 or cgoeke@semo.edu for more information or to reserve a block of seats.  Admission is $4 per student.

For information about the public performances, please call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.  Tickets also may be purchased at MetroTix.com, keyword “Hansel,” or by calling (800) 293-5949.