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Childhood tale retold in opera
BY MAUREEN GALLAGHER
Once upon a time, two
impoverished children got lost
in an enchanted forest, found a
gingerbread house and out
smarted an evil witch.
Eventually good triumphed
over evil, the children found
their way home to loving par
ents, and they all lived happily
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln School of Music will
perform an opera of the well
known children’s classic “Hansel
and Gretel” on Friday and
The opera was adapted by
Engelbert Humperdinck from
the Grimm Brothers' 1893 fairy
UNL's performance of
“Hansel and Gretel” is directed
by William Shomos, who serves
as the director of opera in the
School of Music.
The cast consists mainly of
graduate students with one
Sarah Kouma Barnard is a
senior vocal performance major
who will play Sandman in the
She said she was apprehen
sive about being the only under
graduate student in the produc
"When I was first cast, I was a
little intimidated about being
the only undergrad,” Barnard
said. "Once rehearsals started,
though, I realized that professor
Shomos would not have given
me the role if he was not com
pletely confident I could do it.”
Both Shomos and Barnard
said an opera is a different expe
rience from a play for both the
performers and the audience.
"An opera is a musical event
Shomos said. “The story is told
through music. The music plays
the dominant role in setting the
tone, mood and character of the
Shomos said he hopes the
opera will appeal to a wide audi
ence. To make the experience
easier to understand, the opera
will have supertitles that will
explain what is happening in the
"Although we are singing in
English, it is sometimes hard to
understand all the words,” he
said. “The supertitles give the
audience the chance to make
sure they know exactly what is
going on in the opera.”
The well-known story of
“Hansel and Gretel” may also
help with the opera’s appeal,
“I hope the audience will be
delighted and entertained by
their experience,” he said. “My
goal is to take Humperdinck’s
score and spin a tale about the
victory of childhood innocence
and goodness over some of the
potential evil in the world.”
Gretel (an opera)
Barnard said “Hansel and
Gretel” is an opera for all ages.
"‘Hansel and Gretel’ is a
story that kids learn at a very
young age, and watching the
opera takes the audience mem
bers back to their childhood,”
she said. “It's hard to watch the
opera and not smile.”
Dancers to celebrate Swing Night
BY BILLY SMUCK
You ain't got a thing if you
ain’t got that swing.
Just ask anyone that attends
Thursday’s swing night held
weekly at the Pla-Mor Ballroom.
Tonight marks the second
year anniversary celebration of
the event, which will feature
local swing band Toot Sweet.
Along with the band will be
MC and DJ Craig Estudillo, play
ing everything from the newer
bands like Big Bad Voodoo
Daddy and The Brian Setzer
Orchestra to classic artists like
Dean Martin and Glenn Miller.
“We really try to mix it up,"
Estudillo said. “We’ll start the
night off with a lot of the more
recent tunes to get the dancers
moving, and then we bring the
tempo down by playing some of
Estudillo said different kinds
of music are needed for the var
ious kinds of dances people like
“The variety of music allows
fast dances like jitterbug and
east coast swing to be counter
balanced by other dances,
which aren’t quite so fast like the
lindy hop and west coast
Not only will the night have
various swing tunes, but
requests for other types of
music are welcome, Estudillo
“Throughout the night, I’ll
even play a few ballroom and
Latin songs,” he said, “for those
“We’re really expecting a good turnout since it is
the second anniversary celebration. It’ll be a
great night for swing dancing in Lincoln.”
Swing Dance Instructor
who like to fox trot or cha-cha.”
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and
lessons will be taught by local
dance instructor Amy Castro at
“So for those who don’t
know how to swing dance,” said
Castro, “this lesson will provide
them with the basic steps so
they can participate and have
Dancers of all levels, ranging
from beginner to advanced,
attend Thursday nights at the
Pla-Mor, Castro said.
“They’re happy to find part
ner dancing locally in addition
to free-style and hip-hop danc
ing, which is very common
among the younger genera
tion,” Castro said.
There will be prize give
aways, which include swing
CDs, T-shirts, posters, instruc
tional video tapes and free din
ners to Bumsteer Steak House
and Rock ‘n Roll Runza.
“We’re really expecting a
good turnout since it is the sec
ond anniversary celebration,”
said Castro. “It’ll be a great night
for swing dancing in Lincoln.”
Admission which includes
the lesson is $5 per person.
whether they know how to
dance or not,” Castro said. “It’s
all about having fim.”
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Self makes tunes with toys
BY ANDREW SHAW_ _
After you hear “Gizmodgery”
the fourth and newest album by
Self, you just might rummage
through your attic, searching for
all of the toy instruments your
mom stored from your childhood
“Gizmodgery” was a grand
undertaking by Matt Mahaffey,
the composer, producer and sole
performer on eight of the album’s
13 tracks. Using only toy instru- he is one of the most underrated
ments, Self creates afull-sounding producers in the industry,
album of great college rock songs. His abilities shine on the track
“The only rule for the album “Trunk Fulla Amps,” where he
was: No cheating by using any- pays homage to a number of his
thing that would be considered a inspirations and rivals through
“real” instrument,” the band imitation. During the song, he
writes on the its homepage. gives props to Queen, ELO,
Although the gimmick may Danzig and Lenny Kravitz by
appear at first to be a weak ploy to exactly matching their personal
sell albums, the sound contradicts sounds. The imitation is mind
any predictions one might have. boggling. Each band has a style
Mahaffey has been successful that can be recognized in seconds
in producing a number of great because of their originality, but
albums that get continually Self shows that with enough
ignored by mainstream radio, but attention to modem technology, a
“Gizmodgery,” like the last three man with a rioting band of stuffed
Self albums, should not be over- animals and toy cell phones can
looked. defy their originality.
The techno-pop-rock sound But don’t think that Self has to
is played through a Shoenhut steal the grooves of other bands to
Keyboard, Mattel See and Say, My make an impact Since the release
First Shaver, The One Man Jam of the single “So Low” in 1995, the
and various stuffed animals, band, along with the Eels and
including many other "instru- Fountains ofWayne, has kept the
ments.” spirit of true alternative rock alive.
Imagine Beck without the LA Mahaffey bleeds the experi
gratification of disco mixed with ence of teens in the mid-1990s. He
die Foo Fighters without the omi- doesn’t make excuses; he makes
nous cloud of Cobain’s death. everlasting rock music. He doesn't
Mahaffey is not just a master sell out; he keeps providing mu sir
of playing 100 different toys, but to those who still care.
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