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Amahl and the Night Visitors
Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
Santa Clarita, CA
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Dec 08, 2019 2:00 PM



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Seniors $25.00 ($27.24 w/service fee)
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General Admission $30.00 ($32.49 w/service fee)
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SEASON TICKETS $80.00 ($84.99 w/service fee)
 2019-2020 SEASON TICKETS will get you access to FOUR great shows: Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Amahl & the NightVisitors, & Don Giovanni, in addition to priority seating, private events, and more!  
 
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Amahl and the Night Visitors
Mission Opera to feature famed American mezzo-soprano and television host, Suzanna Guzmán in Gian Carlo Menottis best-known opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, with shows scheduled for Friday, December 6, through Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Los Angles Mission College (the 6th and 7th) and Santa Clarita United Methodist Church (the 8th). The touching story of the "Night Visitors" plays on a theme repeated in many of Menotti's other works: the need to reconcile simple faith with the ambiguities of religion.

Guzmán, who recently received an Emmy nod for hosting the 59th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, will also be directing this masterpiece. Amahl is the most performed of Menotti's 25 operas. Menotti famously quoted, This is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood. In Italy we have no Santa Claus. I suppose that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle Italian children as well. Our gifts were brought to us by the Three Kings, instead.

It is the first American opera commissioned and composed specifically for television when it was commissioned by NBC and performed on Christmas Eve in 1951, in New York City, where it was broadcast live around the world. The opera tells the Christmas story from the view of a widow and her crippled son, living in poverty, and the miraculous visit to their home of the three kings, who are following the star towards Bethlehem. Mission Operas Artistic Director, Dr. Joshua R. Wentz says This show will always be popular, not because its a Christmas show, but because it leaves the audience with hope for a better future  a hope still unknown.  

Amahl and the Night Visitors will last only one hour with no intermission.

PERFORMANCE TIMES & LOCATIONS
7:30 p.m. Friday, December 6  Los Angeles Mission College
7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7  Los Angeles Mission College
2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8  Santa Clarita United Methodist Church


CREATIVE TEAM:

Dr. Joshua R. Wentz, artistic director
Suzanna Guzmán, stage director
Cassie Nickols Gonzalez, musical preparation
Shawn Taylor, scenic designer


CAST LISTS:

Suzanna Guzmán as The Mother (Dec. 8)
Christie Lynn Lawrence as The Mother (Dec. 6 & 7)
TBD as Amahl
Dick Hughes as King Kaspar
Joshua R. Wentz as King Melchoir
Brandon Coprich as King Balthazar
Gary Schertz as the Page

Location

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church (View)
26670 Bouquet Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
United States


Categories

Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Americana
Music > Classical
Other > Family-Friendly

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Contact

Owner: Mission Opera
On BPT Since: Oct 06, 2018
 
Joshua Wentz
307-350-0373
wentzj@lamission.edu
www.missionopera.com

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