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Jan. 26, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present the classic German opera Hansel and Gretel Friday, Feb. 20–Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Based on a story by the Brothers Grimm, the fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel celebrates the courage and resilience of children. It was written by composer Engelbert Humperdinck, with the liberetto by Adelheid Wette. This Viterbo production will be performed in English using a new translation by Cori Ellison, dramaturg of the New York City Opera.

Hansel and Gretel features a cast of over 30 students from the music, theatre, and music theatre departments, as well as members of the La Crosse Boy’s Choir. Viterbo School of Fine Arts dean Ken Risch serves as the stage director, and music faculty members Dan Johnson-Wilmot, Timothy Schorr, and Diane Foust are the music and orchestra directors. The production is designed by faculty members and students of the theatre and music theatre departments, plus guest artists Ann Archbold of the University of Wisconsin, who designed the lighting, and Viterbo alumna Rachel Moll, who serves as stage manager. Hansel and Gretel is sponsored by The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund and is part of Viterbo’s Bright Star season.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20–21 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $17 for main floor, $16 for lower balcony, and $13 for upper balcony seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or

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