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OCP, "Hansel and Gretel"

Last night, with filomancer and family, I attended the dress rehearsal of the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of "Hansel and Gretel." The sets were all by Maurice Sendak, one of my favorite childrens' artists. Here are some production photos at the OCP website. Some rehearsal photos.

I particularly loved the giant witch who flew across the stage, jaw moving; but the forest itself was my favorite. Cutout branches layered on cutout branches, to give a sense of depth and baroque complexity. The forest set is in use for a large part of the opera, though it is notably absent once the witch's cottage appears. The moving ferris wheel, spoked with gingerbread people, out behind the cottage was brilliant; and there was also a fishmobile which didn't seem to have any plot purpose but was wicked cool.

I was almost too tired to make it to the Academy of Music in the first place; I'm glad I did.
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