Amahl and the Night Visitors
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 7-9:30pm
City Hall Arts Center
39 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Start a new family holiday tradition with Amahl and the Night Visitors! A one-act opera featuring puppeteers from All Together Now, dancers from Moving Light Dance, vocalists and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.
It all started in 2017 when two of Montpelier’s creative minds got together and thought, how can we bring an opera to life in a way that will engage audience members of all ages? Music Director, Anne Decker, and artist, Janice Walrafen, set off on an adventure that led to a full chorus, soloists, an orchestra and puppeteers, in a production for the community in Montpelier’s City Hall in 2017, entitled, “A Gift Far Greater.”
Now, with the support of Montpelier Alive to make this a bi-annual event through the Downtown Events Grant and support from National Life Group, and grants from Northfield Savings Bank, Ben & Jerry's and National Life Group Foundation, MCO is poised to bring back the opera, upping the production with elements of dance. We’ll see dancers from Moving Light Dance Company through collaboration with their Director, Christine Harris. Janice Walrafen will bring her loom puppets back to life at City Hall. The production features sought-after vocal soloists of Vermont with Mary Jane Austen leading the choir.
We follow the story of a little shepherd boy who is disabled, likes to daydream and has a habit of telling tales. The composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, grew up in Italy where Christmas gifts were delivered by the Three Kings. What gifts will each king carry? How will they react to the mother stealing? Come see for yourself this holiday season.
Tickets: Adult tickets are $20. Senior tickets are $10. Children’s Admission (12 and under) is available for a low cost of $5 to reserve a chair, and FREE for on-floor seating (children only, must be supervised). For on-floor seating, there is no need to purchase ahead of time.