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At Notre Dame de Namur University, "Hansel and Gretel" go "Into the Woods"

Belmont, CA, November 28, 2011 — Take a walk in a winter fairy tale wonderland with Notre Dame de Namur University's Department of Music and Vocal Arts "December Fairy Tales," featuring Engelbert Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods in repertory. Both shows run from December 3-11 at NDNU's Taube Center.

Hansel and Gretel is a classic fairy tale about two naughty children who get lost in the forest and discover a cottage made entirely of candy. The inhabitant of the cottage turns out to be a mad witch who enchants them and intends to eat them, but Hansel and Gretel outwit her, save the gingerbread children who also fell under the witch's spell, and are reunited with their parents. Into the Woods is a more contemporary take on numerous Brothers Grimm fairy tales that explores what happens after "happily ever after." In the first act, the characters set out to fulfill their dreams through stories that are familiar—Cinderella attending the ball, Jack climbing the beanstalk, Rapunzel escaping her tower—but in the second act, the characters learn the consequences of their wishes, the stories the original fairy tales conveniently left out.

Leading roles in Hansel and Gretel are double-cast, with Alexis Flores and Christina Murdock as Hansel, Gabrielle Guidi and Jayne Kenny as Gretel, and also with Mary Diane Garcia, Deborah Rosengaus, Roy Eikleberry, Jason Sarten, Danielle Philapil, Jorey Cantu, Laura Sanders, Abagail Link, Debra Lambert and Geena Morales. The opera features stage direction by Yefim Maizel and music direction by Louise Costigan-Kerns, and an English translation by Marcie Stapp.

Into the Woods stars James Kason, Samantha Bruce, Amanda Andrews, Jordan Kersten, Lee Foster, Evan Bailey Hunt, Maggie Ek, Mackenzie Koenig, Alexis McEnroe, Tracy O'Brien, Brienne Jones, Carlo Olmos, Daniel Lloyd Pias, Laura Woodruff, Wayne Self, Heather Orth, Sarah Griner, Leah Sawick, Olmos, Glen Riggs, and Vincent Kang, with stage direction by Greg Fritsch, music direction by Daniel Lockert and choreography by Dottie Lester-White. Into the Woods is performed by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Both shows feature costuming by Kate Irvine Mills and Lighting design by Matthew Royce.

Hansel and Gretel runs December 3 and 11 at 2 p.m. and December 4 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Into the Woods runs December 3, 8 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $15 students/seniors. Seating is limited to 100 patrons per performance. To order tickets, visit www.BrownPaperTickets.com or call 1 (800) 838-3006. For all other information, call (650) 508-3429.

The Taube Center is located on NDNU's campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.