News Release

One-act Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors to be Performed

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The University of Minnesota Crookston Music-Theater Department will present the one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in play castKiehle Auditorium. Admission to the show is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children.  U of M Crookston students are admitted free with their U-card.  For more information, contact George French, Director of Music/Theater, at 218-281-8266.

The story revolves around a poor, disabled boy named Amahl and his widowed mother who decide the only way to survive is to go begging from door to door.  Amahl answers a knock on the door and there stands the three kings following the star who have stopped for rest.  The shepherds come down from the hills to bring food and gifts as Amahl’s mother has “nothing to offer them.”  They sing and dance for them before the kings need to leave. But, before they leave, a miracle occurs and Amahl follows the kings as they search for the new born child.

Cast members include:

Amahl played by Georgie French, Crookston, Minn.; Mother played by Heidi Shol, a sophomore environmental science major from Crookston, Minn.; King played by Eli LaCoursiere, a post-secondary enrollment student from Red Lake Falls, Minn.; King played by Shane Boehne,  a freshman natural resources major from Henderson, Minn.;  King played by David Melichar, a sophomore elementary education major from Richfield, Minn.

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George French
Liberal Arts and Education Department