FLINT TWP. — Melvin A. Bishop, a seventh grader at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, has the lead role in the Flint School of Performing Arts production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”
It is a one-act opera performed in English that tells the story of the three Magi, stopping for the night at the home of a poor widow and her disabled son, as they travel to Bethlehem to present gifts to the newborn Christ Child.
The annual FSPA performance has become a staple at holiday time, joining “The Nutcracker,” “Messiah” and other holiday traditions families enjoy attending, said Davin Torre, FSPA director.
There will be a performance for the public at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 13 followed on Monday, December 14, by two performances for local school audiences only at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Torre said.
Sponsored by the Ruth Mott Foundation, admission is free for all performances. The play will take place in the MacArthur Recital Hall at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 East Kearsley Street.
The cast consists of FSPA students and faculty, Torre said. Other characters include Amahl’s mother, King Caspar, King Melchior and King Balthazar, a page, dancing shepherds and villagers.
Composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, “Amahl” was the first opera written for American television and was first broadcast on December 24, 1951 by NBC.