A popular Christmas opera telling the touching story of a crippled shepherd boy is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 16 at Thomson High School starting at 7:30 p.m.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, by composer Carlo Menotti offers a "wonderful way to experience Christmas," said Les Reagan, who is producing the opera along with Thomson's Mary Lynn Bellmann.
Patrick Reagan, portraying Amahl, shudders away from the touch of page Joseph Baldwin during practice Tuesday night at Thomson High School.
Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and $5 for children and students.
Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of a crippled boy who is inspired by the three kings following the night star who stop to rest on their journey. The boy wants to give the Christ Child a gift, too -- his crutch.
The hour long opera, presented in English, expresses the warmness of the season and reflects the real meaning of Christmas, Mr. Reagan said.
The production has special significance for the Reagan family, too. Mr. Reagan, who was nine years old when he played the part of Amahl, will direct his own son in that role, and his wife will play the part of the mother.
Three talented individuals from Augusta play the part of the three kings - Johnny Lee Green, W. Issac Holmes and Russell Joel Brown -- and Briarwood's Joseph Baldwin, who received a "Best Actor" award in state competition, portrays the page.
This Christmas opera premiered in 1951 on Christmas Eve as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, Mr. Reagan noted. The opera was shown consecutively for 16 years after its premier, and remains one of the most frequently performed operas of this century.
At one hour in length, it is considered to be appealing to all ages and musical backgrounds and shows how faith, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles.