Gluten-free Opera, More Proof of Portland's Awesomeness

As if I needed one more reason to think Portland was awesome, Oregon Live published this article about the Portland Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

The production is the same as opened in New York last year to rave reviews – there’s a lot of cooking and eating and fighting with food involved. This time around, though, it’s all gluten-free.

Courtesy of The Oregonian
Courtesy of The Oregonian

According to the article, Maureen McKay, who plays Gretel, is both gluten-intolerant and diabetic. This means that every last profiterole on stage is gluten-free and sugar-free. The catering is courtesy of Portland’s already gluten-free Crave Bake Shop, whose gallery of gluten-free cupcakes makes me wish I owned a teleporter.

Unfortunately for us all, the food is only for the cast – the audience has to eat with its eyes. The production opens Friday and runs through November 13th. To counterbalance all the food used on stage, the opera is holding a drive for nonperishable items at each performance. You can find out more from the Portland Opera directly.

Whether or not you’re in Portland, and whether or not you’re an opera fan, you’ve got to admit that it’s nice to see a gluten-free performer is being accommodated. No doubt there’s extra cost and extra time involved in creating all these specialty baked goods – kudos to the Portland Opera for working with their gluten-free talent.

If you’re in Portland, are you going to the show? If you are, and you’re looking for a pre-theater dinner (or a post-theater snack!), you might want to check out our gluten-free dining guide for some new ideas.


2 thoughts on “Gluten-free Opera, More Proof of Portland's Awesomeness”

  1. This is a great article. I am a theatrical costumer, and these kinds of concerns are more common than you might think- there are lots of occasions when performers in theatre, opera or musicals have to eat or drink things on stage. The stage management team at the regional theatre I work at include a question about food allergies/sensitivities on the biographical form that all the performers who work here fill out. I have worked on a musical where one of the performers had a severe (anaphalactic) peanut allergy, and accommodations had to be made with on-stage consumables and with her dressing room situation. I have also worked on a production where an actor had to eat a number of hard-boiled eggs on stage (referred to in the script), and had an egg allergy. I can’t remember what the “eggs” he ate on stage were made of, but they looked just like hard boiled eggs. I have also worked with the soprano in this article at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis- she’s a sweetheart!!

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