An opera at Jones Auditorium helped jump start the holiday season at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Saturday, Dec. 1.
The opera production showcased students along with amateur and professional musicians from around the Coastal Bend.
The collaboration of professional singers and musicians performing alongside students not only resulted as an opportunity for the community to watch a great, non-traditional Christmas-themed play, but helped the students gain experience performing on stage with an orchestra.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” gave some students the opportunity to perform on a bigger stage with a live orchestra.
“This was a wonderful collaboration of TAMUK students and professionals from around the community,” said Melinda Brou, production designer and stage director. “It was an exciting production for us, and a great opportunity for the students.”
Blanca Fleischman, vocal major, played Amahl, the lead role.
“Amahl was a difficult role, both because I had to play a boy and someone who could not walk,” Fleischman said.
The production of the opera was a result of a Service Learning and Community Engagement grant from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a one-act opera that takes place near Bethlehem, just after the birth of Christ.
Amahl is a disabled boy who has a reputation for telling lies. He is outside his house when he sees a bright, giant star over his house.
His mother, knowing that Amahl is fond of telling tall tales, does not believe him, and they go to sleep.
However, they are awakened by the arrival of The Three Kings, who proclaim they are following the star in search of a wondrous child and ask to rest at their house.
The mother and Amahl speak with The Three Kings about their lives, and other shepherds arrive so that the kings can be properly fed and entertained.
Amahl, who has problems walking, offers to send his crutch to the child.
After making the offer, a miracle occurs and Amahl is able to walk. He then goes with The Three Kings on their journey to find the holy child.