For Immediate Release
Dorothy Cardella or James R. Longacre
Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment
Phone: 215-432-3362 or 215-868-9988
Touch of Classics! is bringing Humperdinck’s opera masterpiece Hansel & Gretel for two performances at The Rotunda. Touch of Classics!'s James R. Longacre and Dorothy Cardella bring this fully staged and costumed opera for the enjoyment of young and
old during the Halloween Weekend. Everyone knows the story of the two children’s adventure after their Mother sends them into the dark and eerie woods in search of strawberries. Hansel and Gretel get lost in the deepest part of the wood until they discover the magical gingerbread house of the evil Witch, who quickly captures them and prepares to make them the latest batch of gingerbread children to add to her collection. Gretel outsmarts her and pushes the Witch into the oven freeing all the other children from her magical spell and ending her reign of terror.
In the cast are Eve Edwards as Hansel, Dorothy Cardella as Gretel, Sharon Derstine as The
Mother, Edward Bogusz as The Father, Sandra Hartman as The Dew Fairy & The Sandman, and James R. Longacre as The Witch. Directing the opera is Michael Tunney and Music Director is Joseph Krupa, with Choreography by Patty Nasuti. The opera will feature dancers and “ginger bread” children. Hansel and Gretel is slated for Halloween
weekend for two Matinee Performances Saturday and Sunday, the 29TH & 30TH of October, at 2:30PM.
Cost of the opera is $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children, and all are encouraged to dress in costume for the performances! Refreshments will also be available.
Touch of Classics! looks forward to seeing children of all ages at the Rotunda for these two fully staged and costumed performances October 29TH & 30TH at 2:30PM, so bring the family and join us for a spookily musical good time with Hansel and Gretel this Halloween!
For a quarter of a century, Philadelphia's own Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment has been bringing to audiences the finest in vocal musical entertainment in the Tri-State area. Dorothy Cardella and James R. Longacre, husband and wife duo have performed together in a variety of musical performances throughout the United States. Their specialties range from Opera to Operetta and Musical Theater, along with cabaret and ethnic music. Individually, they have performed in productions with companies such as Opera Delaware, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Arden Theater and Bristol Riverside Theater, each having made a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York premieres. Dorothy has been soprano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and James has performed a leading role with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, along with making a solo debut at Avery Fisher Hall. Graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, they are recognized together by their company name, Touch of Classics! Musical Entertainment. They are available for concerts, parties and holiday events.