Island Theatre Workshop announces the opening of its latest production: Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved family opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" on Jan. 11, at 7:30 pm. The opening night performance will be a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard.
In these times when news, movies and TV bombard us with violence and little hope, Amahl brings us the story of a miracle and hope. Amahl, a crippled boy, and his widowed mother live in a tiny cottage; their lives have been reduced to total poverty, with no heat, no oil, and no food. Suddenly, they are awoken by a knock at the door and in come three kings following a star, who need temporary shelter and rest.
Since it was composed for television in 1951, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" has become one of America's most popular operas. It is about an hour long and is sung in English, which makes it appealing to all ages and musical backgrounds. It was written specifically for children and remains an inspiring story of how love and good deeds can work miracles.
Eli D'Agostino, a West Tisbury seventh-grader, stars as Amahl with Annie Palches as his mother. The Three Kings are played by Brad Austin, Elza Minor, and Kevin Ryan, with Jane Lawson as the page, and joined by a large chorus of shepherds.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" is the seventh production with Peter Boak as music director and Lee Fierro as director. High school student Tessa Permar joins them to choreograph the shepherd's dance.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" Friday, Jan. 11, 7:30 pm; Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 pm; Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17, 18, 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19, 20, 3 pm. Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $15; discount for Island Card holders. For more information or reservations, call 508-693-5290.