By LORRAINE THOMPSON
SAINT AUGUSTINE – The search begins for performers in a locally produced holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors. Auditions will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island.
The opera will be performed on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. for school age children and at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 which will be open to the public. It was first performed locally at the church in 2011. The production is under the direction of JoAnn Nance with musical direction by Peter Morin and will again feature Gregory Sheppard. The New York City operatic bass has appeared with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe and has sung in leading roles with the Syracuse Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera (Western Opera Tour), Opera Ebony, and with dozens of other symphony orchestras and in operas worldwide
Amahl and the Night Visitors is a one-act opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti. The story revolves around a crippled shepherd boy and his mother when three kings appear unexpectedly at their door. What transpires, once they are admitted, is a lesson on how faith, charity, love and good deeds can work miracles.
Director Nance calls the casting call “a great opportunity to work with world class artists.”
Nance and Morin are seeking talented youth including an 8 to 12 year old soprano to play the part of Amahl, the young crippled boy. Another major roll is that of a male baritone, approximately 16 years or older to play the Page, an attendant to the kings. Males and females of all ages and vocal ranges are also invited to audition for the vocal and dance ensemble. Auditions, rehearsals and the performances will be in the new Celebration Hall in the St. Enda Building located adjacent to the church. Rehearsal schedules will be set in conjunction with cast availability.