For our performance, we cut out the recitative and substituted a bit of dialogue. Hansel gets a big monologue at the beginning to explain the show and tell the kids a bit about opera.
Then Hansel and Gretel distract themselves from their chores by singing a cute song about how hungry and restless they are.
This is my favorite pic of all. Hansel says "I would dance but don't know how. When to jump or when to bow," while bowing when he says "jump" and jumping when he says "bow." Jocelyn's friend caught me in mid jump!
We start playing around and dancing in circles...
When Mother comes home and tells us off for playing when we should have been working. She orders us to go pick strawberries in the forest
She then laments her fate and her husband's inability to provide enough food for the family.
Gretel thinks she hears creepy voices. I hop on a stump and yell "who's there?" only to be answered by more creepy echos. We then sing a gorgeous prayer duet before falling asleep. Gretel falls asleep in my lap while I look around to make sure everything is safe before I fall asleep too. One time I looked around too long and there was barely a second between my sleeping and Gretel waking up. Several of the kids yelled out "that wasn't long enough."
We wake up in the morning to the beautiful site of the marvelous gingerbread house and its delicious (cardboard) cookies.
She then captures us and sends me off hypnotized into my cage.
She turns Gretel into her servant while she fattens me up in my cage.
We took this cast pic below after our final performance. My parents, my brother and his family along with my sister and niece were all able to come to that show. It was awesome to have them there, as well as the kid who dressed up in lederhosen!
Guess who their favorite person to cuddle with is?
While I was performing as Hansel, I was also rehearsing for Edith in Pirates of Penzance with Ovation Theater on Bainbridge Island. It was a fun show, but I definitely don't miss that commute!
Here's another shot I loved. This is all the girls squealing and jumping up and down excitedly after I've suggested we "take off our shoes, and stockings, and paddle." Scandalous!!!
Little did we know that we were being observed by Frederic, the pirate who is "out of his indentures and intends to lead a blameless life evermore." We're all crazy about him, but ultimately turn down his advances since he is a mere commoner and we are Major General's daughters.
The rest of the pirates surprise us and intend to carry us away to marry them, but our father, the very model of a modern Major General, shows up to save us. He pretends to be an orphan and begs the pirates to take pity on us.
The pirates decide to let us go, and the first act ends as we rejoice in being let go but secretly flirt with the pirates.
The final act takes place in the middle of the night with all of the sisters in our nightgowns and nightcaps. Though it doesn't compare to my horrible nightgown in "My Fair Lady, "Oscar still forbids me never to buy a nightgown that looks like it. It might not have been terribly attractive, but it was very cozy.