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‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ opens Thursday

The Three Kings and their page stop to rest at the home of a peasant and her crippled son, Amahl.  What happens next is truly a Christmas miracle.

Only four performances will be presented of this Christmas classic.  It’s a wonderful Christmas tradition for the entire family, according to Prizery Artistic Director Chris Jones.

Hear the six-piece string ensemble led by Jon Lantane, The Prizery’s Summer Theatre musical director, bring this beautiful music to life.  Andre Williamson, Christopher Baker and Richard Grenhal sing the roles of the Three Kings with Emily Byrne as the mother and Caleb Flowers as the crippled boy Amahl.  Evan Snead plays the page. 

Written by Gian-Carlo Menotti in 1951, ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ has the distinction of being the first opera written for television. 

A Christmas favorite, the story deals with Amahl, a young peasant shepherd boy who can only walk with the aid of a staff. 

As the opera opens, Amahl is very excited. He has seen a truly strange and wondrous star outside, one with a long tail the likes of which he has never seen. His mother, knowing that he likes to make things up, grows angry with him and dismisses his news. Soon there is a knock at the door. When the mother opens it, she is astonished to find three kings on their way to visit the Christ child.

The public is invited to attend as The Prizery presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti Dec. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 and 16 at 3 p.m.