Thursday, November 17, 2011
AMAHL and the NIGHT VISITORS
Famous made-for-TV opera coming to the Island in after-Christmas week
Have you noticed that as soon as Hallowe’en is finished, the stores are full of Christmas? We’re getting a bit of a head-start ourselves—to give you advance notice of a very special musical presentation that is coming for Christmastime.
It’s Gian-Carlo Menotti’s famous short opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. The Island’s classical choral group Coro Dolce will give performances in four churches during the time between Christmas and New Year’s. It will be a captivating and inspirational family experience during the holiday week.
Amahl is a 50-minute music-drama created for television in the early 1950s. It is the tale of the three kings on their way to Bethlehem, and what could be considered Jesus’ first miracle, in the simple home of a widow and her crippled son. It became and remains a magical Christmas tradition throughout North America.
The creative team for Coro Dolce’s PEI presentation is led by directors Terry Pratt and Carl Mathis, and engages the skilled experience of veterans of ACT - a community theatre. The orchestra has leading members of The Singing Strings as well as a number of professionals. There are two dozen actors and singers.
- Tuesday 27th December - Central Queens United church, Hunter River (preview performance)
- Wednesday 28th December - St. Paul’s Anglican church in Charlottetown
- Thursday 29th December - Trinity United church in Summerside
- Friday 30th December - Cornwall United church
All performances begin at 7:00 pm
Tickets would make a fine stocking-stuffer, don’t you think? They are reasonably priced at $14 and $8 for children 12-and-under, with a large-family rate. (For the Central Queens ‘preview’, admission is just $10.)
You can get tickets from each of the host churches, whether in advance or at the door. Phone contacts: Central Queens - 368-2838; St. Paul’s - 892-1691; Trinity Summerside - 436-3155; Cornwall United - 566-4052
Further information: 675-3672