Aklaq and Nayak (An Alaska Native Adaptation of Hansel and Gretel )
About the Production
This special production of Aklaq & Nayak – an Alaska Native Adaptation of Hansel & Gretel , is proudly presented in conjunction with the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Opera Ensemble. With original music by Engelbert Humperdinck and an all new English libretto by Mari Hahn, this new production infuses the traditions of opera with indigenous Alaskan culture and storytelling. Perfect for children of all ages and everyone young at heart! Through our AO2Go Educational Outreach Program, Anchorage Opera can bring the magic of opera directly to your school, organization or community center. To find out more and to book a production please contact Judy Berry at (907) 279-2557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchorage Opera began touring Aklaq & Nayak – an Alaska Native Adaptation of Hansel & Gretel to schools and community organizations in February of 2016, traveling to Nome and Unalakleet to perform for children in remote villages who otherwise would have little exposure to arts education.
We are currently seeking funding in order to bring this production to our community, the children of Alaska and their families at an affordable price, or in some cases free of charge. If you would like to help by becoming a supporter or sponsor of AO2Go please call (907) 279-2557 or CLICK HERE (and select the donation designation: AO2Go Educational Outreach Program. Thank you!
The story features the adventures of brother and sister Aklaq and Nayak as they venture out into the tundra to look for food. Raven and Snowy Owl follow, sometimes acting as guides and protectors. But when the children come to the house of the Goblin Woman, they must use their own courage and resourcefulness to escape her evil clutches! The story emphasizes the importance of respect for the land, bravery, and love to overcome hardships and adversity.
(Photos by Denny Wells)
Anchorage Opera and the UAA Opera Ensemble present an Inupiaq adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, with music by Englebert Humperdinck and original libretto by Mari Hahn and Willa Towarak Eckenweiler.
Set Designer – Carrie Yanagawa
Costume Designer – Elena Nalchevska-Kaufman
Accompanist – Janet Stiles
Sets and Costumes constructed by Anchorage Opera