DANBURY — The Western Connecticut State University Opera will present its 25th annual production of the holiday classic, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” at 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, and 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, in Ives Concert Hall at WCSU, 181 White St. 

The opera tells the story of an impoverished and crippled shepherd boy’s encounter with the three kings on their way to Bethlehem. 

Dr. Margaret Astrup, professor of music and director and producer of the play, described it as “a seasonal favorite of people of all faiths that resonates a universal message of self-sacrifice and generosity.”

The title role of Amahl will be performed on December 6 by 10-year-old Nathan Horne and on December 7 by 11-year-old Christian Eklund.

WCSU students will perform in the principal adult roles with a different cast appearing in each performance.

The WCSU student cast for the December 6 performance will feature Marguerite Walsh as Amahl’s mother, Christopher Dormer as Kaspar, James Bavolacco as Melchior, Americo Salvi as Balthazar and Collin Ouellet as the Page.

The cast for the December 7 matinee will feature Katherine Kelly as Amahl’s mother, William Alldredge as Kaspar, Anthony Deluco as Melchior, Americo Salvi as Balthazar and Devin Nichols as the Page.

Andrew Gordon and Dr. Mark Snyder, adjunct professors of music, will be featured performers on piano and oboe for both performances.

General admission is $12, senior citizens and children younger than 12 will be admitted for $8.

Tickets can purchased online and at the door.  

Those seeking additional information about the production may call 203-837-8486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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