Composed by Edward Barnes, The Hiding Tree is loosely based on an ancient folktale from the islands of Micronesia. A hungry monster crawls out of the sea intent on gobbling the inhabitants of a small island. Two brave sisters escape its clutches and, through the power of love, work together to defeat it. Similar in theme to the fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, it teaches children about solving problems for the greater good, that strength is not just physical, and love survives everything. This charming production encourages audience participation and is a wonderful introduction to opera. Appropriate for elementary students or anyone young at heart!