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WNCC Vocal Music Offers "Gift to the Community" with 2013 Holiday Opera Performance of "Amahl"

November 14, 2013

The Western Nebraska Community College Vocal Music Program presents the classic Gian Carlo Menotti Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff on December 6 and 7.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an emotional, and at times humorous, one-act opera, sung in English. It is a tale of the Three Kings visiting a poor, young, crippled boy and his mother during their journey to see the Christ Child, and the Christmas miracle that follows. 

Director Rita Stinner notes, "Amahl and the Night Visitors was the first Hallmark Hall of Fame Special in 1951, and the first opera created for television. It is a seasonal favorite that lingers as one of the most charming and appealing Christmas traditions ever, perfect for all ages." 

The cast, featuring Javier Jimenez of Scottsbluff as Amahl, includes WNCC vocal students representing the home communities of Ainsworth; Alliance; Asheville, N.C.; Bayard; Benkelman; Bridgeport; Chadron; Gering; Glenrock, Wyo.; Gordon; Imperial; Kansas City, Mo.; Kimball; Loveland, Colo.; Minatare; Mitchell; Morrill; Nigeria; Oshkosh; Parma, Idaho; Rushville; Scottsbluff; Torrington, Wyo.; and Yaroslava, Russia.

Victoria Seibert of Morrill and Brittney Mitchell of Torrington are double-cast in the role of The Mother; David Weishaar of Alliance, Victor Garza of Mitchell, and Nicholas Elwood of Rushville are cast as the Three Kings. Nikolas Chizek will play the role of the Page. Maggie Hopp and Morgan Yost of Scottsbluff, Brayden Ryan of Gering, and Jared Schleicher of Alliance will be featured peasant dancers.

Admission is free as the performance is a Christmas gift to the community. No reserved tickets. A free-will offering is being accepted. Shows on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 6 begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater. Seating is limited. A special matinee for students in grades 6-12 starts at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6.  Reservations for the matinee performances are available by calling the Midwest Theater at 308.632.4311.