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BPC Lyric Theater presents a Christmas opera

Mandy Madson, Cindy Rollins
Mandy Madson, left, as "Amahl" and Cindy Rollins as "the Mother"


The Division of Music at Brewton-Parker College is bringing a special treat to area residents this holiday season.  On Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, 2009 at 7:00 PM audiences will have the opportunity to hear Menotti’s charming Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors performed by the Lyric Theater of BPC.   


Originally composed for television, this opera is a delightful tale woven around a stop made by the three Wise Men on their way to see the infant Christ.  Because the original format was specifically designed for the studio rather than the large stage, the work is surprisingly intimate both in scope and scale.  Sung entirely in English and approximately one hour in length, this is the perfect piece for both newcomers to opera and those who love the genre.  The work is filled with humor as well as moments of pathos and spiritual exaltation and will be sure to please all in attendance.


This performance is part of an overall fundraising plan developed by the Division of Music and Kandie Smith, Director of the BPC Lyric Theater in order to support a wonderful opportunity facing the members of the Concert Choir at Brewton-Parker College.  Thanks to the skill and national reputation of BPC Choral Director Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, the BPC Concert Choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2010.  This unprecedented invitation will offer the students the opportunity to sing the hauntingly beautiful Rutter Requiem under the baton of John Rutter himself.  For most of the students this will be the first and only time they will ever walk onto that most revered of musical stages and for each of them it is an eagerly anticipated event.


Proceeds from this performance will be used to assist each of the students in raising the $2,000 required to fund their travel to New York.  This performance is one of several the Lyric Theater will perform through southern Georgia as the students work to raise the money to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip.


The cast members, all music majors at Brewton-Parker College, are Mandy Madson and Mystie Bennett as Amahl; Cindy Rollins and Kara Norris  as Mother; Troy Stephens and Nathan Daugherty as Kaspar; Rodney Schramm and Dallas Wilke as Melchior; Steven Hopper as Balthazar; and Brett Boggus and Clint Oliver as the Page.  Summer LaFavor, Chesley Woods and Anthony Purcell round out the ensemble of performers.  Cathy Rogers will provide the piano accompaniment.


Held in Gilder Recital Hall, the performance is $10 for adults; $5 for students and children.  As always, Brewton-Parker College faculty, staff and students may attend free of charge.  Tickets are required for admission and may be obtained from the Division of Music.


For further information please feel free to contact Kandie Smith at 912-583-3137.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM