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Hansel and Gretel (2013)




Alicia Woynarski, Mezzo Soprano

Alicia Woynarski
Mezzo Soprano


Alicia Woynarski is a singer with a beautiful warm mezzo-soprano voice and compelling stage presence. Originally from Regina, Alicia completed a Bachelor of Music at University of Western Ontario and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. Operatic roles include Dorebella (Accademia Europea Dell'Opera), Cherubino (Saskatoon Opera), the title role in Carmen (Vancouver Island Opera); Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte (European Academy of Music, Czech Republic); Tessa in The Gondoliers (Westben Theatre); Florence in Albert Herring (UWO); Principessa in Suor Angelica (Opera NUOVA).


The 2012-2013 season began with of a twenty show tour of Dean Burry's Isis and the Seven Scorpions, with Little Opera on the Prairie. In November, Alicia was the guest soloist with for Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Regina Philharmonic Choir and RSO. In April she took part in 40th Anniversary performance of the Swift Current Oratorio choir as their alto soloist for Handel's Messiah, with the Regina Chamber Orchestra. During the summer Ms. Woynarski toured schools with Saskatoon Opera, performing The Magic Flute and in their main stage opera, Carmen; she sang the role of Mercedes. In Portland, OR, she sang the role of Hansel in PSOW's Hänsel und Gretel.


Concert performances include guest artist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Regina Symphony Orchestra and Mercury Opera, Edmonton. Concert repertoire includes A Night at the Proms, and Sing-Along Messiah (VSO), 104 Underground and Alley Oop (Mercury Opera), Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Jenkin's The Armed Man, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Claussen's Creation (RSO), Bach's St. John's Passion, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb (UBC) as well as Vivaldi's Gloria.


Alicia is a recent recipient of an Independent Artist, Saskatchewan Arts Board grant, a winner of the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Competition and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Western Canada District Auditions. Upcoming engagements Handel's Messiah with the Saskatoon Symphony, recital premieres of new works by Frank E. Warren in Calgary, Regina and Saskatoon and Die Zauberflöte with Saskatoon Opera in June. I am very excited to be a part of A Little Opera on the Prairie's production of Hansel and Gretel with such a wealth of talent from Saskatchewan!



Laurien Gibson, Soprano

Laurien Gibson


Laurien holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Saskatchewan and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. Ms. Gibson has been the recipient of numerous awards including first place in the Canadian Music Competition, Gordon Wallis Opera Competition and Young Artist Competition. She has also sung in the finals of the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, an international contest held in Vienna.


As a soloist, Laurien has appeared with The Canadian Sinfonietta, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, The Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Opera Association, the Opera Troupe of Saskatoon, and Edmonton's Opera Nuova.


Laurien has been featured in many chamber works including: Orff's Carmina Burana, Poulenc's Gloria, Mozart's Coronation Mass, and Handel's Messiah. Her opera credits include the roles of Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream) l'Ecureuil (l'enfant et les sortileges), Amy (Little Women), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and 1st Spirit (Die Zauberflöte).


Since the spring of 2012, Ms. Gibson has been involved with the emergence of an exciting new opera company, Little Opera On the Prairie (LOOP) and has performed with them at their debut in the outdoor concert Art In The Park, as well as their recent fundraiser Masquerade. Laurien will be singing the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with Saskatoon's LOOP in their first main stage production this December.


Outside of performing, she is currently kept very busy by her three-year old son and with a private voice and piano studio. Laurien has also taught applied voice as a sessional instructor at the UofS.




Lindsay Gable, Mezzo Soprano

Lindsay Gable
Mezzo Soprano


Lindsay Gable is thrilled to be working with Little Opera On the Prairie as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. LOOP is a fantastic organization, dedicated to the cause of bringing opera to audiences that may not otherwise experience it, which is a very worthwhile pursuit. It also provides invaluable experience for young singers starting out in the business.


This past summer, Lindsay attended Opera NUOVA's 6-week intensive program, where she performed as Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as chorus in Dialogues des Carmélites and L'Elisir d'Amore. She also sang in the Broadway, Opera Scenes, Sacred Song, and German Song Soirée concerts. In December, she will be a soloist with the University Chorus' production of Bach's Magnificat, and in March she will be playing Mrs. Trapes in the U of S Music Theatre Ensemble's production of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (as realized by Benjamin Britain).


Recently, Lindsay has played Cinderella's Stepmother in Into the Woods with Greystone Theatre and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the U of S Music Theatre Ensemble. She has sung with the Saskatoon Opera chorus several times, as well as assistant stage managing many of their productions in recent years. She has also acted as their props mistress, and conducted the offstage bacchanal in La Traviata.


Lindsay loves everything to do with both music and theatre. She has played piano and sung from a very young age, and though she started her music and theatre studies at Sheridan's Musical Theatre performance program, she has since changed her focus to opera and will be continuing to pursue operatic studies in the coming year.



Garry Gable, Bass-Baritone

Garry Gable‡


Garry Gable, bass-baritone, resides in Saskatoon where he teaches vocal studies and directs the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan. He was named a recipient of the 2011 Provost's Awards for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. His students have enjoyed success across Canada and into Europe, the United States, and China.


He has performed across Canada and into the USA in all types of music, musical theater, drama, television, and in-concert productions. He has enjoyed success in recital in China, where Garry is adjunct faculty in Music Conservatories in Wuhan and Tianjin. He has been heard in recital with his spouse/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable on the CBC-Radio both regionally and nationally.


In Saskatoon, there have been many appearances with the Saskatoon Symphony, and with Saskatoon Opera Association Garry has been seen as Frank in Die Fledermaus, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Alcindoro in La Bohème, Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, and most recently as Zuniga in the 2013 production of Carmen. He was featured as Merlin in SOA's re-vamped King Arthur by Henry Purcell.


On July 6th, Garry, with wife/pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, hosted colleagues from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in a special concert of Chinese and Canadian traditional songs. In August he joined the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio as teaching faculty.

‡ Contracted with permission through the generous support of Canadian Actors' Equity Association




Susan Schmidt Goerz, Mezzo Soprano

Susan Schmidt Goerz


Susan J. Schmidt Goerz, MMus, BMus, BA in Theatre, BEd, is an accomplished, stage performer, director, educator and soloist who has performed and stage managed with the University of Saskatchewan Music Theatre Group, Saskatoon Opera Association, the Opera Troupe of Saskatoon, K-W Octoberfest Opera Productions, Kitchener-Waterloo Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Orillia Opera House, K-W Musical Productions, and The Red Barn Theatre. Susan is currently Director of the Ministry Arts faculty of Bethany College where she teaches theatre and voice. She has directed over 40 productions, for the Bethany stage and Community Opera and various public schools including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hiding Place, Isis and the Seven Scorpions, Cotton Patch Gospel, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood and the Canadian premier of Welcome to Mitford.

"Dewfairy / Sandman"


Courtney Atlkins, Soprano

Courtney Atkins


Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Courtney began formal music training when she was 6 with piano lessons, which she continued until she was 13 years old. At the age of 12, she joined the Saskatoon Children's Choir, and with them was fortunate to tour around Canada, Europe, and Asia, doing concerts and festivals. When she was 14, she began taking voice lessons with Janice Paterson in Saskatoon, with whom she still studies as a Music Education student at the University of Saskatchewan.


In 2008, she participated in the first year of Classical Singing in New York in June under teachers Jane Olian and Donna Gill; and in summer 2009, she spent 6 weeks in Baden bei Wien, Austria, studying at the prestigious Schubert-Institut where she worked with world-renowned master teachers such as Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, and Helmut Deutsch. In 2010, Courtney was the recipient of the Saskatoon Music Festival's Kinsmen Vocal Scholarship. Courtney has been involved in numerous opera productions, including the Saskatoon Opera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro in the role of Barbarina.


This year, she will play the roles of Dewfairy and Sandman in Little Opera on the Prairie's production of Hansel and Gretel, and will also appear again with the Saskatoon Opera in June in Die Zauberflöte as Papagena.


"Music Director"


Kathleen Lohrenz Gable

Kathleen Lohrenz Gable


Kathleen Lohrenz Gable's professional career includes experiences as a recitalist, voice coach, accompanist, and as a musical director and rehearsal pianist for opera productions in Canada and the USA. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a Diploma in Lieder from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria; her Fellowship from Trinity College in London; and her Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Kathleen taught Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan and was a Piano instructor at the famous Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. She has also taught for Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Windsor, and currently Kathleen teaches Applied Piano, and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan.


Since 2004, she has been a part of the faculty as a teacher and music director for Edmonton's Opera Nuova. She has conducted Poulenc's Dialogues Des Carmelites, Puccini's Suor Angelica, Copland's The Tender Land, Hänsel und Gretel, and this year she will conduct Dialogues des Carmelites for NUOVA.


Since 1997, Kathleen has collaborated with six of the Young Artist winners for a recital tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan cities. Kathleen has twice conducted the Saskatoon Symphony, as well as TOTOS (The Opera Troupe of Saskatoon) in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Kathleen--with husband, bass-baritone Garry Gable--has twice been invited to perform and teach at the Tianjin Conservatory and the Wuhan University Conservatory of Music in China. They have been heard nationally on the CBC Radio Two program Canada Live.


In July of 2009, Kathleen was invited to Bangkok where she performed as an official pianist for the World Saxophone Congress, including four World Premiere performances. She was pleased to join Calgary Opera's production of Little Women as repetiteur in January of 2010, and has enjoyed return engagements as a guest coach for their Emerging Artists program.


In July of 2011, Kathleen was one of the Judges for the National Piano Competition at the CFMTA convention, where she also performed, and gave workshops and master classes. Following that, in September 2011, she was the music director and piano collaborator for Vancouver Concert Opera Society's production of Trouble in Tahiti for which they won the Vancouver Theatre Ovation award for "Best Ensemble Performance".


During 2012, she provided a series of workshop, coaching, and masterclass sessions in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Brandon, and Winnipeg. She was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in Saskatoon.


Kathleen has been a member of the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio program for the past two summers. In August she performed a four-hand piano recital with Che Anne Loewen for the Lyell Gustin recital series.


Ms. Gable is very excited to be collaborating with LOOP for their production of Hansel and Gretel.

"Stage Director/Producer"


Anastasia Winterhalt

Anastasia Winterhalt


Anastasia, described by Carol Castel (New York Opera Studio – General Manager) "is completely at-home on the stage... is a rare and special talent."


Winner of the Paul and Carol Hill Harvard Broadcasting Award in Music, a full Graduate Teaching Fellowship recipient (U of S), a Mary Smart Scholarship recipient (Brandon, MB), Anastasia is also the winner of numerous festival awards (Saskatoon and Toronto). Anastasia has sung Isis with Little Opera On the Prairie's sold-out OSAC tour, La Ciesca with Edmonton's Opera NUOVA, and Countess Ceprano with Saskatoon Opera. Other roles include; Fiordiligi, Malika, Mrs. Grose, Geraldine and Sandman. In excerpt, she has sung Contessa, Butterfly and Gretel. Other stage work includes singing in the chorus for the Toronto Operetta Theatre and the Saskatoon Opera Association. In recital, Anastasia has sung in Saskatoon, Toronto, Winnipeg, Brandon and Ottawa, collaborating with such wonderful pianists as Valerie Duek, Steven Philcox, Kerry Agnew and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable.


In December of 2013, Anastasia will be producing and directing Little Opera On the Prairie's Hansel and Gretel.


Anastasia holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School (opera) as well as a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Saskatchewan.



Kelsey Stone, Choreographer

Kelsey Stone


Trained at La Danse, Kelsey has participated in many exams, competed in different festivals across Canada and performed in musicals around the city. While living in Calgary after graduating, Kelsey went to school for Radio Broadcasting at SAIT, then settled in Prince Albert to work with Broadway North Theatre Company. She performed in Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Footloose (Choreographer, Rusty), Cinderella (Choreographer), Cabaret (Koste, Dance Captain), Annie (Choreographer, Grace). She is currently the Musical Theatre instructor at La Danse and has received many choreography awards for her groups and solos. Kelsey was featured as Saskatchewan's Emerging Choreographer at Dare to Dance '07 and is also the Artistic Director/Founder for Inspired Dance Company. Kelsey has helped choreograph several productions for Fireside Singers (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Christmas Memories 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver! and Les Miserables) and starred Saskatoon Summer Players production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this past summer.




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