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Hansel and Gretel show is Saturday, Aug. 18

Hansel and Gretal

See Hansel and Gretel like you ve never seen them before. The Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series announces the kickoff of its 40th season with Missoula Children s Theatre in Hansel and Gretel on Saturday, August 18, at 7 p.m. in the HCTC First Federal Center in Hazard.

Missoula Children s Theatre (MCT) will return for their eighth appearance on the series presenting Hansel and Gretal. The Missoula Children's Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. A team of two professional Actor/Directors will arrive in our community at the beginning of the week with a set, costumes, props and make-up everything it takes to put on a play, except the cast. The weeklong residency begins with an open group audition on Monday, August 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the HCTC First Federal Center and culminates with matinee school performances on Friday and a public evening performance on Saturday. Around 50 to 60 students in grades 1 12 are cast and well rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs and choreography to perform as an ensemble in producing a full-length musical. MCT will conduct theatre workshops in area schools for any grade level and will present two matinee school performances. Area schools interested in having a workshop or attending a matinee school performance should contact the performing arts office for the Arts Education Schedule and more information.

The event sponsor is the Kiwanis Club of Hazard. Series grand benefactors are: City of Hazard Mayor Nan Gorman, Hazard Lions Club, Peoples Bank and Trust, Perry Distributors, Pine Branch Coal Sales and Whitaker Bank.

Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional operating support also provided by the Steele-Reese Foundation and Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To learn more, visit the web site at hazardperformingsarts.com or check them out on Facebook.

For more information, contact Tammy.Duff@kctcs.edu , performing arts director, at 606-487-3067 or 800-246-7521 ext. 73067.