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SFA School of Music to perform classic Christmas opera

December 5, 2012 - Robbie Goodrich
Cairee Mayfield, left, SFA junior from Houston, and Connor Parr, son of Dawn Parr and Chad Branton of Nacogdoches, rehearse a scene from "Amahl and the Night Visitors" to be presented by the SFA School of Music at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All ages will delight in this classic Christmas opera about a poor widow and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the Three Kings as they follow a mysterious star.

Nacogdoches middle school students Connor Parr, son of Dawn Parr and Chad Branton, and Wesley Gipson, son of Vatrina Voeks and Robert Gipson, will alternate in the title role of Amahl.

SFA student performers will include Waco senior Amanda Garcia and Houston junior Lindsay Lymer alternating in the role of the mother; Houston sophomore Joshua Chavira and Fort Worth freshman Johnny Brown alternating in the role of Kaspar; Houston junior Cairee Mayfield and Katy sophomore Ruben Perez alternating in the role of Melchior; Houston junior Brenton Mattox as Balthazzar; and Houston sophomore Toby Otorubio as Page. Dancers are Bianca Stein and Christian Semmler.

The 45-minute opera is performed in English.

Tickets for the Thursday night performance are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. Tickets for the Friday morning performance are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.