Wednesday, December 20, 2006

UNCG's performance of AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Yesterday morning I went along as a chaperone with Lisa's students on a field trip to see the Music and Drama departments from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro put on a performance of the Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. We had to drive to Westover Church's new sanctuary (which is absolutely cavernous) because Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus - where stuff like usually gets performed - is undergoing renovation. Anyway, here's a few of the pics I took while we were there.

Brian Hodges - AKA Darth Larry - was in the orchestra pit as one of the cello players...

Here's Brian's friend Meaghan, who I got to meet last year at the local premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is also one of the cello players (like Brian, she's working on her doctorate too) from UNCG...

And here's Lisa and her students after the show along with the young lad who plays Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lisa was wondering just what some of her students were doing behind her back :-)...

I must say that I really enjoyed the program... although it seemed awful short for an opera (only an hour or so). But I suppose this really is a performance meant for people of all ages to be able to enjoy: I mean, you can't expect little kids to sit still all the way through The Marriage of Figaro can ya? Anyways, excellent job by the good people in the UNCG Music and Drama departments!

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