As part of the BC Day celebrations Capital Festival Productions will be presenting three performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel outside at St. Ann’s Academy on July 31st and Aug. 2nd.

Set in the gardens of the historical St. Ann’s Academy, this outdoor, hour long version is great for the entire family. Utilizing this idyllic setting as a backdrop, the story follows a young brother and sister who discover a house of candy and cake in the forest and a child-devouring witch. Capital Festival Productions will bring the experience of hearing and seeing this enchanting piece of music up close and personal to visitors and locals on this festive holiday weekend.

The talented cast of emerging young singers features Sarah Pelzer, star of last year’s Blue Ridge Theatre line up and Atomic Vaudeville core member as Hansel, and Sahara Sloan Symphony Splash soloist and winner of David Foster’s Search for a Star. Lisa Hall, artistic director of Veselka Ukrainian dancers will add the magic of angels and woodland creatures to the production.

Performances will be: Saturday July 31st at 2.00pm, with a special added chamber concert at 4.30pm in St. Ann’s chapel of Classical and contemporary vocal music performed by the soloists of Hansel and Gretel; and Monday August 2nd at 1.00pm and 4.00pm.

Hansel and Gretel pruned for outdoors
Fairy tale masterpiece will weave its magic in St. Ann's garden