Amahl and the Night Visitors
Imagine you’re a crippled shepherd boy living with your poor mother near Bethlehem at the time Jesus is born. Imagine you tell her about a magnificent bright star that’s appeared in the sky, but she doesn’t believe you. Imagine that night when you answer a knock on the door, she doesn’t believe that three exotic kings have come to stay with you! Imagine their splendid robes and the wondrous gifts they are bringing to the baby Jesus. Imagine a night filled with miracles. This is the tale of Amahl and the Night Visitors, which will be presented on December 18 by Opera51 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord,MA. Originally written for television, this one-act operetta by Gian Carlo Menotti is a perfect Christmas tale for young and old. It tells the story of the boy Amahl, his mother and the Three Kings who visit them one night with beautiful music, humor and miracles. The production stars 11-year-old Owen Reimold as Amahl, with soloists Robin Farnsley, Stanley Wilson, Scott Ballantine, Michael Prichard, and Brad Amidon, supported by a chorus and orchestra under the direction of Alan Yost. Menotti’s express desire was that the part of Amahl be sung by a boy, not a woman costumed as a child, and Opera51 was fortunate to find Owen Reimold, a talented young Montessori student from Boxford. A four-year member of Treble Chorus of New England, he studies voice with Neal Ferreira, and has performed roles in community theatre musicals including Colin in The Secret Garden, Jojo in Seussical the Musical, Oliver in Oliver! And Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Don’t miss this holiday classic! There are two shows Sun. Dec 17, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for children under 12. Call 978 369-7911 to reserve or buy on line at www.51walden.org. Proceeds will benefit 51 Walden.