Highland Community College Fine Arts Department Presents Hello & Goodbye Hansel & Gretel Opening April 23

Poster for Hello & Goodbye Hansel and Gretel.
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Highland Community College Fine Arts Department will feature a play, Hello & Goodbye Hansel and Gretel, for young and old opening Tuesday, April 23 in the Culbertson Theatre.

In this wry, farcical revision of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel once again find themselves lost in the forest. This time, however, the siblings come across characters from other fairy tales who both hinder and help their journey, including a wicked stepfather, three obnoxious pigs, a wolf, Sleeping Beauty, and of course, the evil witch. Audience participation is a crucial piece of this presentation. The play is geared towards families and young audiences and area elementary students will attend performances.

Sam Smith Director of Theater at HCC commented, “This is a great opportunity for students to experience the joy of audience participation with children and this fun-filled play. They navigate the tricky waters of storytelling and get instant feedback.”

The show is directed by Sam Smith. Hello & Goodbye Hansel and Gretel, plays at HCC’s Culbertson Auditorium Theatre, on the HCC campus. As always, there is no charge for admission. For additional information, please call 785-442-6089, or email at smsmith@highlandcc.edu

Performances are:

April 23, 24 & 26 at 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.