The Opera Theatre Workshop is a combination of Olivia’s two loves, performing and teaching. Opera Theatre is designed to introduce students to the world of opera performance. Singers will work with a vocal coach (Olivia Whiddon) and a pianist on a regular basis in preparation for the performance. Main cast members receive private lessons as well as group lessons as part of their course fee.
What’s the next opera?
Hansel and Gretel
An opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, this opera was written in collaboration with Humperdinck’s sister for her children. Olivia’s adaptation will include spoken text in place of some of the music as well as additional chorus pieces.
Hansel, a trouble making, but kind hearted young man
Gretel, a thoughtful but mischievous young lady
Peter, a broom maker and father to Hansel and Gretel
Gertrud, his tired and hardworking wife
The Sand Fairy, a kind spirit of the night
The Dew Fairy, a kind spirit of the day
The Gingerbread Witch
Chorus of Echoes
ALL CHARACTERS EXCEPT HANSEL AND GRETEL WILL BE SINGING AS PART OF THE CHORUS
The AUDITION PROCESS
Each applicant will be assigned an audition time for Tuesday, June 20. Applicants will be asked to sing one minute of music either from opera or musical theatre repertoire. Audition pieces must be memorized and will be sung a cappella. The singers vocal range will be tested at the time of audition.
Main Role: $450.00 Chorus: $250.00
If you are cast in Hansel and Gretel you will be notified before June 30th. There will be a cast potluck picnic on Friday, July 7th for a cast meet and greet and read-through of the script. Music and scripts will be given out at this time. You are expected to familiarize yourself as much as possible with the music over the summer. $50.00 of your fees is due at the time of acceptance.
Rehearsals officially begin the first week of September. Rehearsals from Tuesday, September 5 to Thursday October 12 will run as follows: chorus rehearsals will run Mondays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Main cast rehearsals will run Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 and Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals from October 16 to November 16th will be full cast and chorus rehearsals on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., and main cast rehearsals on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Rehearsals from November 16th to December 9th will be full cast and chorus Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Hansel and Gretel will go up December 13 to the 16th with dress-rehersals on Saturday, December 9th and Monday, December 11th.