School of music to perform children's opera

November 2, 2010

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will perform a special children’s opera Nov. 19-20 and 22-23. The show will tell the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, set to opera music.

              Composed by Seymour Barab (b. 1921), the opera is a musical telling of the classic children’s story of a young girl heading to grandmother’s house who meets a wolf in the forest. The wolf tricks Red into telling him where she is going. He then runs ahead, chases off the grandmother and tries to eat Little Red Riding Hood.

              “This is commonly thought of as one of the best children’s operas and has had great success in various productions,” said Brian Kuhnert, director of opera and music theatre at Wayland.

              The opera will feature Wayland students Corinna Browning as Little Red Riding Hood, Christal Patterson as the mother and grandmother, and Caleb McLean as the wolf and the woodsman.

              Public performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, at 7:30 p.m. in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium. Special performances will be held for the local elementary schools on Nov. 22-23 at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.

              The public performances will also feature a second act of opera scenes, including Act I, Scene I of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel featuring Erika Anne Morrison as Gretel and Morgan Switzenberg as Hansel.

              The evening will also feature a scene from a Strauss opera with Wayland students Switzenberg, Matthew Whitson, Casey Brazell, Kenyon Andrews and Jake Miser. Brazell, Whitson, Miser and Andrews will be joined by Sarah Buckland for a scene from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, and two other short pieces will be performed by Browning and Morrison, respectively.

              The entire program should last about 90 minutes. Admission is free and open to the public.