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Opera Theater Of Connecticut Presents the Classic Family Favorite Hansel and Gretel-December 4, 2022

Back by popular demand, on December 4th at 1 p.m. at the Andrews Memorial Theater, 54 East Main St., Clinton, Opera Theater of Connecticut will present its acclaimed reduced version of Hansel and Gretel. The opera is sung in English, accompanied by piano and features a children’s chorus and dancing angels. Abridged to run approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, including intermission, this is the perfect Holiday show and Christmas gift for the entire family. This special performance is the kick-off event for Clinton’s annual Christmas in Clinton, sponsored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the opera features Hansel and Gretel, the lost brother and sister; Peter, their father who searches for them; the Sandman, who protects them; the Dew Fairy, who awakens and guides them; and Rosina the Witch, who captures them. Adding to the fun and excitement, we are collaborating with The Shoreline Theater Academy, Laura Attanasio Artistic Director, whose young singers will be featured as the “Gingerbread” children and whose dancers appear as the Angels.

Kyle Swann is the Music Director, Alan Mann is the Staging Director, and Stacey Mathews is both Choreographer and Children’s Chorus Director. The cast includes many local singers including Brittany Hebel as Gretel, Michael McAvoy as the Father, and Amy Maude Helfer as the Witch. Also in the performance are Joelle LaChance as Hansel, Chelsea Lorraine as The Dew Fairy, and Perri di Christina as The Sandman.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 13 and under. General admission tickets can be purchased by going to our website There you will be able to order and print your tickets. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

This season is funded in part by our supporters, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Madison Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the NEA, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, with special thanks to the CARES Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the Town of Clinton.

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