Vermillion boy has lead role in opera

Vermillion boy has lead role in opera The United Church of Christ, 5th and Walnut, Yankton, will present the one hour long opera Amahl and the Night Visitors free of charge, as a gift to surrounding communities on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the church. There will be two performances, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. A salad and sandwich supper will be served between the two performances and all attendees are invited to stay and join in the fellowship.

Amahl was presented by the UCC two years ago under the direction of Eugene Brinkmeyer, to a standing room only audience. This year the production is co-directed by Jennifer and Ted Powell, the church's choir director and organist. Members of the church choir and several singers from other church choirs will play the part of the shepherds.

Amahl will be played by Ben Rogge, a sixth-grader from Vermillion who is a member of the Yankton Children's Choir.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is the first opera commissioned especially for television and was given its premier by the NBC Television opera theater in New York City on Dec. 24, 1951. Gian-Carlo Menotti drew from his memories of growing up in Italy to compose one of the most beautiful, inspiring scores of all times!

Amahl, a child, is the focal figure of the opera. Hence, all the action, and even the characterizations of the adult figures, is dictated by his point of view. The seeming severity of the mother, the occasional colloquial conduct of the three kings, the visit of the shepherds, the theft of the gold, and the miracle � all must be seen in the simple and direct terms of a child's imagination.

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