When I think of Hansel and Gretel, I think of the original fairy tale about two young children getting lost in the woods and finding a house made of candy, only to find an evil witch, have a spell cast on them, and eventually trick her into being pushed into her own oven. When I decided to go to The College of Idaho’s version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Opera, Hansel and Gretel, directed by Jordan Bowman, I was hoping for those same emotions of childlike entertainment and joy— I was given the desired feeling, in just over an hour.
Summer camp. A beloved pastime of youth spent smelling dry pines, splashing in lakes and rivers, and meeting new faces that soon became old friends. During brisk nights, the moon and stars would shine like crystals as stories were exchanged around the campfire.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been singing. When I was a little elementary school kid, the classes I looked most forward to weren’t mathematics or PE, but music. Now, 16 years since I sang in my first choir, that mindset hasn’t changed. During my four years at The College of Idaho, I have performed with every choral group the campus has to offer, including Chorale, Chamber Singers, Major Sixth, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and even a student-led African choir. And to this day, my involvement with music has taken me places I’ve never expected to go.