Mississippi Opera to present Amahl and the Night visitors December 2 at Bellwether
Mississippi Opera will present its annual performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors Sunday, December 2. This timeless opera is a Christmas show for the whole family and has become a holiday tradition for the opera company, now in it’s 73rd season.
Amahl and the Night Visitors is an introduction into the world of opera and the performing arts for children of all ages. First performed on live television in 1951, this show was composed with an audience of children in mind and is performed entirely in English.
Amahl, a young beggar boy with a crutch and a penchant telling tall tales, lives alone with his poor Widowed Mother. On one particular night, he meets Three Kings, Balthazar, Kaspar and Melchior, who are following a star in the sky to meet a certain newborn in Bethlehem.
A highlight of the show is the local performers taking stage. This year, Amahl is played by Jacob Willis, a student at Madison Middle School. Other principal cast includes Amy Pfrimmer, Patton Rice, Ross Price, and Jay Warnock, and featuring members of the Mississippi Opera Chorus.
The production is directed and conducted by Ed Dacus, with Tyler Kemp on piano.
Amahl and the Night Visitors will be performed at Bellwether Church, 4624 Old Canton Rd., Tickets are $20 each, ($5 for students K-12, college, and active military with current ID.) Tickets are available at the door, by phone at 601-960-2300 or online at msopera.org.