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Critic’s Picks: Four don’t-miss arts events this weekend

Barry Johnson, left, directs student singers and local children playing forest critters in a summer opera workshop rehearsal for “Hansel and Gretel” at Pacific Lutheran University.
Barry Johnson, left, directs student singers and local children playing forest critters in a summer opera workshop rehearsal for “Hansel and Gretel” at Pacific Lutheran University. Courtesy

‘Hansel and Gretel’ opera at PLU

Barry Johnson directs students and graduates from Juilliard, Boston Conservatory and other leading schools in Humperdinck’s opera, “Hansel and Gretel” at Pacific Lutheran University. The production is part of the college’s Summer Opera Workshop, and the opera — with fairy tale plot and sweet melodies — is perfect for kids.

7 p.m. Friday (July 22), 2 p.m. Saturday (plus “Scenes” performance 7 p.m. Saturday). Free. Karen Hillie Phillips Performing Arts Center, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave., Tacoma. plu.edu.

Symphony chamber trio at Morso

Three Tacoma Symphony musicians explore chamber music for flute, viola and harp in the intimate acoustic of Morso Wine Bar. Jennifer Rhyne, Thane Lewis and Catherine Case play impressionist music, such as Debussy’s Sonata, for those three instruments.

7 p.m. Sunday. $59, 21 and older. Morso Wine Bar, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor. 253-530-3463, morsowinebar.com.

SingaBellaPalooza

It isn’t often that grown-ups get to go to summer camp, but at SingaBellaPalooza, kids and adults — even with no experience — can sing, dance and play bells. The South Sound Choir Academy gives third- to eighth-graders musical fun 1-4 p.m. and adults 6-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, with a family potluck concert at the end of the week.

$35; $25 for each additional family member. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. sschoiracademy.org.

Opera Elect brings ‘The Fortune Teller’

With a mission to make opera more fun and accessible to new audiences, Opera Elect takes over Tacoma Little Theatre with “The Fortune Teller,” a new opera by 18-year-old Madeline Bowman and her sister Jordan Bowman about a young pregnant couple who consult a fortune teller only to wind up with more questions than answers.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-July 30, Aug. 4-6; 2 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 7. $10; $5 student, Tacoma Little Theatre members. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com, operaelect.org.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti

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