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Mandelkorn directs ‘Hänsel and Gretel’

Bainbridge Performing Arts will present “Hänsel and Gretel,” an opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, in this special collaboration with Bainbridge Dance Center in December.

BPA’s production will be directed and translated by Lisa Mandelkorn and presented with conductor Kim Allen Kluge, with musical direction by Victoria Whitlow.

Performances are planned for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, from Dec. 7 through Dec. 23.

In Mandelkorn’s distinctive new English translation, Hänsel is a woods-savvy Boy Scout-sort, and Gretel, who is perpetually practicing her ballet moves, leads the neighborhood children in a Macarena-style dance to open the show.

Mandelkorn, who comes to Bainbridge following a professional opera career in New York City, has performed the role of Gretel numerous times under the batons of Kim Allen Kluge and Anton Coppola. She is making her directorial debut on the island with BPA’s first production of “Hänsel and Gretel.”

The all-ages cast includes Shannon Dowling, Lisa Mandelkorn, Jacqueline Quirk, Daniel Oakden, Marie Sinclair-Bennett, Evelina Svensson, Jennifer Jett, Christina Rawlings, Julia Wiggins, Nora Lang, Bronte Walker, Ali Lorenz, Madeline Mikami, Olivia Sander, Chloe Lesh, Mynah Queva, Ann Holsapple, Angelina Kollodge, Renee Messinger, Cordelia Janow, Lucian Caro, Chloe Bohonos, YuYu Madigan, Anna Banyas, Sophia Eldridge, Ben Eldridge, Libby Clements, Alexa Bennett, Zach Norberg, Evelyn Cantwell, Mia Alpaugh, Grace Anne Smith, Freeman Tuohy, Gracie Cate Moffat, Kalea Levy, Isabel Faget, Ben Eager, Jill Colley, Barbi Jo Smith and Katey Hamlin.

Admission is $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for youth, military, students and teachers. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA.

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