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Three cheers and a camel: It's time for 'Amahl'

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By Mary Kunz Goldman
 
Hump Day is approaching at the Riviera Theatre, where Nickel City Opera's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," complete with its tremendous trademark papier-mache camel, takes to the stage at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, at at 3 p.m. Sunday. (Do not look for the camel in the picture above. It must be seen in person.)
 
 
Performed in English, "Amahl" was written by Gian Carlo Menotti for 1950s television and is suitable for the littlest fledgling opera fans. This is the fourth year that Nickel City Opera is staging "Amahl," and company chief Valerian Ruminski says it will be the last. He plans to branch out next year with a Halloween-themed opera, "Night of the Living Dead."
 
Meanwhile, this year's "Amahl" promises to be a dandy. Amahl is being played by Gabriel Gough, who played the part last year very well. It also features Rosemarie Serrano as Amahl's mother, Gregory Sheppard as King Balthazar, David Macadam as King Kaspar and James Wright as King Melchior. Luis Clay is the Page.
 
Presented in English to the creative accompaniment of the Mighty Wurlitzer -- which even supplies King Kaspar's bird song -- "Amahl" is directed by Ruminski and features dancers, a full chorus, set and lighting. 
 
For info on the Riviera performances, call 692-2413. For info on the Springville Center for the Arts, call 592-9038.

 

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