Kicking Off the Holidays with Genesee Community College's 'Nightingale' and 'Hansel and Gretel'

The Genesee Community College Forum Players, the college’s student-based acting group, will be presenting an evening of family shows, NIGHTINGALE, A PARTICIPATION PLAY and HANSEL AND GRETEL, just in time for the holiday season. Premiering Thursday, November 30 at 7:30PM at the Stuart Steiner Theatre, subsequent performances are scheduled for Friday, December 1 at 7:30PM, Saturday, December 2 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM, and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00PM. Each performance will consist of both productions, with a brief intermission in between them.

NIGHTINGALE, A PARTICIPATION PLAY, by Hans Christian Andersen and adapted by John Urquhart and Rita Grossberg Grauer, is the enchanting (and interactive) story of a greedy Emperor who learns what happiness is really about from a simple bird and her beautiful songs. The classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, HANSEL AND GRETEL, adapted from the Engelbert Humperdinck opera, book and lyrics by Ken Butler, is the timeless story of a brother and sister who must travel through the forest in order to get home, but only after they match wits with mysterious woman in a candy house.

NIGHTINGALE, A PARTICIPATION PLAY and HANSEL AND GRETEL are being directed by Vincent Elliott, the newly appointed Technical Director at the Genesee Center for the Arts. Lighting and set design is by Vincent Elliott. Acting, movement and voice coaching, as well as costume design are by Maryanne Arena.

General admission ticket prices are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, senior citizens and GCC faculty, and $2.00 for GCC students with a valid ID.

Reservations may be made by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x 6814, by fax to (585) 345-6815, or by email to The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only, credit cards are not accepted.