WU Opera Presents: ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Michelle Boltz

The first of four performances of Washburn’s latest opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” took place Dec. 2 at White Concert Hall.

The production is a one-act opera written by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was directed by Ivalah Allen, and choreographed by Angie Price, coach for Washburn’s Dancing Blues.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” begins with 12-year-old Amahl, whom is disabled, and his mother struggling to survive. They receive a visit from the three wise men, who were following a bright star on their way to Bethlehem to give gifts to a newborn king. While the kings were sleeping, Amahl’s mother attempts to take some gold out of sheer desperation. Once the theft was discovered by the kings’ page, his mother returned the gold. Meanwhile, Amahl witnessed a miracle, and wanted to present a gift of his own to the newborn king.

Performing dancers for “Amahl and the Night Visitors” were Becky Addington, Cari Howater, and Josie Price.

“Everyone did a great job doing their parts, and are looking forward to doing our upcoming performances,” said freshman music major, Emily Mosier, who played the role of Amahl.

“It’s really fun to watch as it is to do and is very touching,” said senior music major Jennifer Scrivner, cast as Amahl’s mother.

Washburn’s next opera performance will take place April 8 and 9, 2011 at White Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., and will feature extended scenes from “Carmen.”

Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome for help of production costs and script royality fees.