Arts & Culture Editor
The end of the semester is here and with that comes non-stop reading, studying, plenty of coffee and no sleep along with a much needed change of scenery. The 2013 holiday season is guaranteed to have many events in store for the Lancaster area including OperaLancaster’s very own play, “Amahl & the Night Visitors.”
Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, this American Opera is a miracle story, epiphany piece, and welcoming for all ages and families as a one-act all rolled into one performance. Told through the eyes of a child, tells the tale of Amahl, a young disabled boy who has only known poverty, living with his mother and using his vivid and young imagination to pass his days. Three Magi travel to see the Christ-child one evening and stop at the house of Amahl where the young boy eventually forms a caring and sympathetic bond with the aged but young inside, King Kasper.
This story would not be told if it weren’t for the local and contributing actors from afar. Amahl will be played by Quinn Harvey, making his opera debut for this performance but has been performing for local audiences since he was five years old.
Megan Ihnen will play the part of Amahls mother. Raised in West Des Moines, Iowa where her love for opera and vocal performances began and has since been involved with other local performances.
Former Miss Washington and top ten Finalist in the Miss America Pageant, Kathleen Sasnett will also be performing as the mother in the play. She has since brought a new charm and thrill to audiences in America and Europe as an award winning soprano.
Justin Huie will be making his debut with OperaLancaster as King Kaspar. He is a graduate of West Chester University with a study in voice and continues to study with master Thomas Houser.
Melchoir who is one of the Magi, will be played by Jonathan Kaufman who is a 2009 graduate of Millersville University where he studied Music and Music Business, Technologies and vocal concentration which has taken his talent to gain experience in several performance throughout the Lancaster community.
Ashley H. Walker, native to Philadelphia, will be taking on the role as Balthazar. He is the Artistic Director of the Lancaster City Choir and has performed all over the world including the Syndey Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Johannesburg concert hall in South Africa.
Page will be played by Moses Mariscal who has performed in several opera choirs and signing for minor parts in several productions such as Parpignol, The Lawyer, The Priest, and recently, A Saloon Man.
After all of the studying and reading that one can handle, this performance is one that you won’t want to miss to help bring in the holiday spirit and enjoy the local performing arts. Come enjoy a night of storytelling, talented singing, and local talent that will prove how diverse and interesting all of the events happening around Lancaster really are.
The event is open to the public and tickets will be $21 for adults, $16 for students, senior citizens and Thank A Vet, $14 for OperaLancaster Guild members and free for children under 14. Tickets can be purchased online at MUTicketsOnline.com, at the SMC Ticket Office, in person at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster, or by calling the Ticket Office at 717-872-3811.