On December 21 (7:30 pm), 22 (2 pm and 7:30 pm), and 23 (2 pm), the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Madcap Puppets, and Xavier University’s Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble present the holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors at Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Theatre. Adult tickets are $25 each, students and senior citizens are $15, and children up to age 18 are $10. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.ccocincinnati.org/
The Madcap Puppets bring fun to every performance and make theatre accessible for everyone, regardless of age. Amahl and his mother will be portrayed by human actors, but the three kings and other characters will be larger-than-life puppets in the Madcap style.
The one-act opera with music and English libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, was first performed on live television from Rockefeller Center on Christmas Eve 1951. It is the story of a young shepherd boy named Amahl, who walks with the aid of a crutch. The magi stop by his home one night, explaining they are on their way to find a king. During the night, Amahl’s mother tries to steal some of the gold being taken to the holy child. Understanding her desire to help her crippled son, the magi tell her to keep the gold. Mother asks the night visitors to take the gold back for the new King and Amahl offers the only thing he owns, his crutch, as his gift. His leg is miraculously healed, and Amahl leaves with the visitors to thank the child King for curing him.