Amahl and the Night Visitors

By Gian Carlo Menotti

Directed by Randal Swiggum (music) and David Lawver (stage)

Since its first performance on NBC Television on Christmas Eve, 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place as a holiday classic.

The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the Wise Men's tale of a kingdom "built on love alone," Amahl offers his own simple gift to the child they seek.

In this warm and compassionate story, Gian Carlo Menotti has captured the essential spirit of Christmas.

Featurning Simon Johnson as Amahl and Margaret Jenks as the Mother. Gregory Brumfield returns to OSHP as King Balthazar.

Produced by Oregon Straw Hat Players at People's United Methodist Church, 103 North Alpine Parkway, Oregon WI 53575

Performances: December 19-21, 2014

Performance Times: Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 pm (free will offering)
Sunday, December 21, as part of the 10:30 am worship

Ticket Prices: Free will offering

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The remaining principals, King Kaspar, King Melchior, and the Page, will be cast by invitation.

We are hoping to fill the chorus with volunteers from among OSHP folks whose work we already know. We can use up to ten women and eight men. If you are interested in participating, please email the stage director at

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