BMC to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'
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Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Blue Mountain College performers will be featured Nov. 1-4, when BMC presents Amahl and the Night Visitors in Garrett Hall Auditorium.

“The program has been a frequently produced opera since it premiered on Christmas Eve in 1951 on NBC's first televised Hallmark Hall of Fame,” said Christi Mitchell, assistant professor of speech and theatre at BMC and the show’s director. “This is a wonderful way to introduce families to a live musical performance.”

The opera is about how a crippled boy's loyalty to his mother becomes a devotion to the King of Kings. During the three wise men's quest to follow the star of Bethlehem, they stop to rest at a poor widow's hut and meet Amahl, an imaginative young boy.

Dr. Jeri Lamar Kantack, professor of music at BMC, is the musical director. Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors cast features the voices of BMC students Caitlin McDaniel (Mother) of Bartlett, Tenn., Shelby Shearon (Mother) of Whitesburg, Ga., Savannah Thomas (Amahl) of Huntsville, Ala., Isaiah Traylor (King Kaspar) of Tupelo, Drew Warford (King Melchior) of Myrtle, William Thompson (King Balthazar) of Brandon, Cadley Burns (Page) of Baldwyn, and Tyler Atkins (Assistant Page) of Humboldt, Tenn.

The Villager cast includes Rani Higgins of Guntown, Lauren Mallory of Tupelo, Ken Buchanan of Houston, Myriah Street of New Albany, Benjamin Mann of Jackson, Tenn., Bridget Sweatt of New Albany, Joey Ellis of Durant, Emily Canoy of Myrtle, Mollie Beard of Mantachie, Simeon Harris of Olive Branch, Bethany Baldwin of Thaxton, Ashton Brooks of Corinth, and TraShawn Standifer of Smithville.

For ticket information and reservations, contact Kantack at 662-685-4771 extension 163 or by email at