Habersham Community Theater brings its first operatic production to the Kollock stage with the tales of nativity and epiphany in Amahl and the Night Visitors. HCT’s Christmas production is highlighted by the beautiful blend of vocals from the three kings, performed by Pat Chastain, Jeremy Bishop, and Ryan Long.
“Opera is sometimes thought of as inaccessible or snobbish, but nothing could be further from the truth with Amahl,” says Chastain. “This production combines wonderful music with an uplifting story.”
Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem.
“The show presents the human story of a mother’s love for her child and the devotion of the scholar to his study,” explains Chastain. “But most touching to me is the revelation of God’s love shown in sacrifice. I believe our audiences will be moved and enlightened.”
Bishop and Long join Chastain in the trio of Kings. They’re joined on stage by Sam Warren portraying Amahl and Miriam Chastain who portrays the Mother.
Miriam Chastain calls it an “amazing musical score” and says, “This is without question the most powerful and meaningful story I have ever been part of in a theatrical production.”
Warren says he believes the production is unique and has a very powerful message. “I am honored to be in this how because it presents what I believe is the true message of Christmas,” he says.
Performances are December 5-7, 12-14 at 7:30 pm, and December 8 and 15 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children and students. Tickets may be ordered online at www.habershamcommunitytheater.com or by calling (706) 839-1315.
Feature photo by Daniel Purcell/Now Habersham