Wrenshall opera is a wonderment


November 3, 2023

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Debbie Fenlason (far left) stands with the Little Opera of the North cast and Wrenshall student chorus. Contributed photo

How do you get 150 elementary children to hear and watch an opera? You treat them to a production by Little Opera of the North. It helps to have a scary tale with a happy ending, like "Hansel and Gretel." That was the fare on Oct. 9 at Wrenshall School. Music teacher Debbie Fenlason clapped her hands, the room became quiet, and baritone Rob Reardon stepped forward to greet the crowd and start the story: Two children get lost in the forest and encounter a witch who wants to turn them into gingerbread cookies.

For the next hour, four singers and a pianist, using all the elements of stagecraft -...

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