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'Amahl and the Night Visitors' this weekend only at Light Opera of New Jersey

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This coming weekend: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with music and lyrics by Gian Carlo Menotti and directed by Joanna Hoty Russell.

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“Amahl...” will be a fully staged production presented by the Light Opera of New Jersey (formerly Ridge Light Opera) held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 140 South.Finley Ave in Basking Ridge, NJ on:

• Friday December 13th at both 5 PM and 7 PM

• Saturday December 14th at both 5 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are priced at $20 ($10 for children 12 and under) and are available on line at www.LightOperaOfNewJersey.org or by calling 973-219-3106.

This Christmas classic, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” has the distinction of being the first opera written for television back in 1951. The story deals with Amahl, a young peasant shepherd boy who can only walk with the aid of a staff, and his widowed mother who is doing her best to look after him. Amazing things transpire when the two are visited by three royal kings on their way to see the Christ child in Bethlehem. This operetta is a sweet warm story and is especially well suited for children.

This show will feature Susan Kirkland (New Providence, NJ) as the Mother, both Andrew Pulver (Summit, NJ) and Daniel Celentano (Bernardsville, NJ) as Amahl in alternating performances, John Lamb (Randolph, NJ) as King Balthazar, Tom Donelan (Whippany, NJ) as King Melchior and William Corson (Basking Ridge, NJ) as King Kaspar.

Under the direction of Joanna Hoty Russell, of Murray Hill, NJ soloists and ensemble will perform this heart rendering Christmas favorite with full costumes, scenery and stage lighting. Musical Accompaniment by Helen Raymaker; Set Design by William J. Ward. Staging and Choreography is assisted by Jillian Petrie of Hackettstown, NJ.

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