Hansel and Gretel

Sat Aug 18 at 7pmYamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, 649 W Jones Street

Tickets: $32.50-40
Premium seating available

An opera about brother and sister, written by brother and sister!

What began as a collection of songs by brother and sister Engelbert Humperdinck and Adelheid Wette is now one of the most performed children’s operas in the world! This setting of Hansel and Gretel the takes audience along for the journey through the forest, introducing characters like the Dew Fairy and the Sandman until reaching the villainous Gingerbread Witch. See a fairy tale brought to life with beautiful music in this family friendly show presented in collaboration with Garrison School Students!

Performed in English with live orchestral ensemble. Families are encouraged to attend! Child tickets available.

Sponsored by Teutonic Council of Savannah


General Seating $32.50Premium Seating: $40Call the Box Office

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Please look for signage for the Premium Seating section. Seats are not assigned. Donors at the Bizet Level and above automatically qualify for Reserved Seating.

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Act I

The hut of the broom-maker, at the edge of the forest.

Hansel and Gretel play, quarrel, and reconcile in a dance. Their mother, Gertrude, enters and is angry to find them idle, rather than working. In her anger, she knocks over the pitcher of milk a neighbor has brought. The children had hoped the milk would be used for a rice pudding, a rare treat in their poverty-stricken home. An angry and desperate Gertrude, knowing that there will be no supper for her family, sends the children out to pick strawberries in the forest.

An off-stage song announces the return of Peter, her husband, apparently drunk as usual. He has celebrated his success selling his brooms at the village market and has brought home sausages, bread and other food. When he asks Gertrude where the children are, she tells him that she has sent them to the forest. Peter tells her about the wicked witch who lives there using sweetmeats to lure children to her lair, where she bakes them in her oven.  Horrified, Gertrude and Peter rush out to the forest in search of their children.

Act II

The forest, evening.

An orchestral prelude depicts the Witch’s Ride. As the children search for strawberries in the dark forest, Gretel weaves a garland of flowers and sings of a little man who lives in there. Hansel crowns his sister with the garland, calling her “Queen of the Forest,” as night falls. The pair soon realizes that they have eaten all the strawberries and lost their way. They are now truly frightened, calling out for their father and mother. The Sandman comes, throwing magic dust as they sing their evening prayer and 14 angels descend to protect them in their sleep.


The forest, morning.

The Dewman awakens the children and they notice a little house made of confectionery. They begin to nibble at the extraordinary structure, which Gretel thinks must be a gift from the angels. But as they taste the house, they hear a voice within. The Witch appears and casts a rope around the neck of the unsuspecting Hansel, putting him in a cage.
In order to fatten Hansel up for her recipe, the Witch prepares more food for him. Meanwhile Gretel obtains the magic wand, frees Hansel from his cage, and the two children push the Witch into the oven. They then break the spell which had imprisoned other children in a gingerbread fence encircling the house. Peter and Gertrude, searching for their children enter. As the oven explodes, the Witch, now a giant cookie, is extracted and all cheer.

Before You Go

Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts

Built in 2017, this brand new state of the art building provides a new space for the performing arts in Savannah. The theater seats a total of 588 and has the capacity to livestream to all schools in the Savannah-Chatham County School District.

On-site parking is very limited.


We recommend you arrive with plenty of time for parking. Please keep in mind that the lobby opens 1 hour prior to showtime and the doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.


Marcello Cormio

Marcello Cormio is an Italian born conductor, opera coach and pianist. He currently serves as the Music Director for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. He has recently led productions of Così fan tutte at Michigan State University, Street Scene at West Virginia University, and Le nozze di Figaro at the 2015 Sarasota Opera Festival. Mr. Cormio has led productions of Die Zauberflöte at the Bay View Music Festival, and of Gounod’s Romèo et Juliette with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. He has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists, such as pianists Aldo Ciccolini and soprano Cynthia Lawrence.


Chad Sonka

Chad Sonka is quickly becoming a sought after American baritone. His most recent accomplishment is his First-Place win during the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the Summer of 2016, he joined Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist, covering Scarpia in Tosca. Previous performing credits: Gianni Schicchi (Marco) with Savannah Music Festival; Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote) and Carmen (Dancïro) with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; The Mother of Us All (Virgil T.), The Rape of Lucretia (Junius), Faust (Wagner), Elijah (Elijah) with Manhattan School of Music, and Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Melchior) with Nevada Opera. Mr. Sonka has been a chosen participant of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, as well as Sherrill Milnes’ VOICE Programs for six years. He was also a featured bass soloist with the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and Oneota Valley Community Orchestra. Chad is also an active voice teacher and currently serves on faculty at Iowa State University.