Auditions for seven roles in the Kellogg Community College Opera Workshop Ensemble's presentation of "Hansel and Gretel" will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center auditorium on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The roles are open to students and the public who are 16 years old or older. Those accepted must register for the MUSI C297-01 course at KCC. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Roles include:

  • Peter, father (baritone)
  • Gertrude, his wife (mezzo
  • Hansel, child of Peter (mezzo/tenor)
  • Gretel, child of Peter (soprano)
  • The Witch (soprano or tenor)
  • Sandman, sleep fairy (soprano or tenor)
  • Dewman, dawn fairy (soprano)

Those auditioning should prepare a classical song in any language that best demonstrates vocal and dramatic abilities. It's also recommended they bring their own accompanist; if a KCC accompanist is needed, email audition materials to Cynthia Garn at on or before Aug. 23.

Rehearsals for "Hansel and Gretel" will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Sept. 5 through Dec. 13, with an occasional weekend as needed. The show will run Dec. 13 and 14.

"Hansel and Gretel," by Englebert Humperdinck, is based on the classic Grimm fairytale and premiered in Weimar, Germany, in 1893. It tells the three-act story of two children sent into a forest on an errand where they encounter a house made of gingerbread and candy. Soon they find themselves trapped by a witch and trying to avoid being cooked and eaten.

To schedule an audition, call 269-565-7859. For more information about KCC music programming, visit

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