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A musical fairy tale and Gilbert & Sullivan

bring local talent to MC’s stage May 14


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Two fun operas, Hansel and Gretel and Trial by Jury, take the Manchester College stage for a one-night performance on Friday, May 14 for “A Night at the Opera.


Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is comprised of excerpts from the classic fairy tale. The one-hour performance features complex music, but is sung in English. Six children from the community join the cast as angels in a production ideal for families directed by Debra J. Lynn, assistant professor of music. The familiar fairy tale is about two peasant children who wander into the wicked woods and come under the spell of an evil witch who enjoys making gingerbread cookies out of children. The siblings trick their way out of their dilemma.


Trial by Jury is a 30-minute operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, set in Victorian times. Featured are Lee E. Krähenbühl, assistant professor of communication studies, as The Noble Judge, and John H. Planer, professor of music, as Counsel for The Plaintiff, with the college’s A Cappella Choir as jury and chorus.  In the operetta, Angelina sues Edwin for "breech of promise of marriage."  The jury and the chorus of ladies find this a most-perplexing dilemma but the judge suggests a surprising solution.


“A Night at the Opera” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14 in Cordier Auditorium, followed shortly by Trial by Jury. Admission is $3.


Cast for A Night at the Opera

Nicole Cataldo, senior of Elkhart, Ind., choreographer and angel

Michael Good, senior of North Manchester, Ind., piano

Tyler Secor, sophomore of Warsaw, Ind., piano

Allison Hoover, first-year student of Flossmoor, Ill., Gretel.

Rachel McFadden, sophomore of North Manchester, Ind., Hansel.

Kim Reuter, senior of Milford, Ind., the Witch.

Torrance Dean, sophomore of Camby, Ind., Father.

Ashleigh Casazza, sophomore of Lebanon, Ind., Mother.

Rachael Heath, sophomore of Fort Wayne, Ind., the Sleep Fairy.

Katie Leese, sophomore of Kokomo, Ind., angel.

Riyanka Subrahmanyam, first-year student of Bahrain, angel.

Child actor-angels are Abigail and Erin Lynn, Kristin Pittman, Bekah Rich, and Elizabeth and Lucas Schilling, all of North Manchester, Ind.


Cast for Trial by Jury

Lee Krahenbuhl, of North Manchester, Ind.,The Noble Judge.

John Planer, of North Manchester, Ind., Counsel for the Plaintiff.

Amy Hoffman, junior of McPherson, Kan., Angelina.

Robbie Bucher, sophomore of North Manchester, Ind., Edwin.

Michael Spaulding, first-year student of North Vernon, Ind., an Usher.

Torrance Dean, sophomore of Camby, Ind., Foreman of the Jury.

Nicole Cataldo, senior of Elkhart, Ind., bridesmaid.

Jaymie Baker, senior of Osceola, Ind., bridesmaid.

Sarah Oren, sophomore of Vandalia, Ohio, bridesmaid.

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