Our next major production, Amahl and the Night Visitors, is a familiar story presented in operatic form. Music added to drama doubles the planning and hours of our volunteers. Here is a little about some of these persons beginning with Sam Warren as Amahl.
Sam Warren believes this production is unique and has a very powerful message.
He said, “I am honored to be in this show because it presents what I believe is the true message of Christmas.”
While he has enjoyed playing many roles at HCT, none has required more dedication than his current role as the disabled young boy, Amahl. Sam said, This has been my most challenging role vocally and I could not have done this without the work of my music teacher, Bob Smith. For last 6 months of vocal lessons, we have worked on this difficult boy soprano part, making sure I can hit every note.
I would like to dedicate my performance as Amahl to my music teacher, Bob Smith.
Bob Smith recalls seeing the first TV production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in the mid 1950’s and fell in love with it then. Subsequently over a span of 40 years Bob and his wife Lynda produced, directed and performed Melchoir and the Mother in Florida and Georgia.
As this has been a well-loved production, it has made his involvement in preparing Sam especially meaningful. Bob stated, “This has not come easy for Sam, and it is a joy to work with a young student who is so dedicated and willing to learn. In the beginning I wasn’t sure he could master this music, but true to form, Sam is really to make this his best vocal performance to date.”
Lisa Smith is the music director for this emotional tale of nativity and epiphany.
A local business owner, musician, and vocal coach, she first appeared at HCT this past summer as Aunt Eller in the musical, Oklahoma!
In Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mrs. Smith is thrilled to bring what she considers to be a beautiful musical presentation of the gospel, delivered through a heart-warming story.
Lisa stated, “I love the message that this show brings during the Christmas season, and the vocalists in this show are extremely talented. I also feel honored to help present this operatic type musical at HCT, and given the music is in English, this represents a wonderful educational opportunity for our community. I believe that everyone that comes will find this show to be a meaningful experience in their holiday season.”
Kaspar, one of the three kings, is sung by Jeremy Bishop
and brings comic relief. Pat Chastain portrays Melchior, and Ryan Long, Balthazar. Pat stated, “Opera is sometimes thought of as inaccessible or snobbish, but nothing could be further from the truth with Amahl which companies wonderful music with an uplifting story…the human story of a mother’s love for her child and the revelation of God’s love shown in sacrifice.”
Miriam Chastain stars as the Mother. She believes this role is her most challenging both as an actress and as a vocalist. “I have fallen in love with this amazing musical score. Also, I have found it very emotional to perform the role of Amal’s mother. This is without question the most powerful and meaningful story I have ever been a part of in a theatrical production.”
Gian Carlo Menotti’s musical and emotional delight, Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by John Preese, opens December 5th. He commented, “This is going to be a truly special show as the music and the story will be meaningful to all of our patrons.”
A crippled boy and his mother meet the Three Kings who are following a star! The mother has a problem – should she steal some of the Kings’ gold to help feed her family and help her son?
Don’t miss this dramatic story that will certainly pull on your heart strings! The production opera December 5. Performances are:
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, at 7:30 and December 8 and 15 at 2:00 PM
Details of this beloved seasonal opera are under Latest News
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