Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: Hansel and Gretel
Complete with a cackling witch, enchanted fairies, dancing animals, and an oversized gingerbread oven, the timeless Grimm brothers’ fairy tale returns for the holidays in WNO’s whimsical and neon-colored production.
THE WOODS HOLD SECRETS BOTH WICKED AND SWEET.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK / ADELHEID WETTE
Hansel and Gretel (1893)
(Hänsel und Gretel)
In English with Projected English Titles
“Full of charming little tunes… rich fare for a kid who hasn’t seen opera before”
–The Washington Post
Once upon a time, two children found themselves lost in a dark forest, until they happened upon a house made entirely of sweets. What happens next, well that’s the story of Hansel and Gretel! Complete with a cackling witch, enchanted fairies, dancing animals, and an oversized gingerbread oven, the timeless Grimm brothers’ fairy tale returns for the holidays in WNO’s whimsical and neon-colored production.
Combining “a staging that looked like a comic book by Dr. Seuss” (The Washington Post) with Engelbert Humperdinck’s “buoyantly luscious music” (The New York Times), this sparkling English-language production is a favorite of children and adults alike. Highlighting current and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside the WNO Children’s Chorus, this popular family opera tradition is “a great idea,” says the Washington Post. “As enjoyable as it is to rediscover classical music around the holidays, it’s even better to experience it for the first time.”
Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
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Note: The 2 p.m. performance on Sat., December 19 is Sensory-Friendly.
Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Accommodations for Sensory-Friendly performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families’ needs.
Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.