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Hometown Holiday Featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors

In-Theatre Performance

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Location Date and Time
Schuster Center December 2, 2022 7:30 pm
Schuster Center December 3, 2022 7:30 pm

About the Program

The Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera join forces to present a holiday spectacular that is sure to fill our hearts with the spirit of the season. In the first half of the program, the Dayton Philharmonic performs a selection of seasonal favorites in a festive atmosphere of music and song that will have the Schuster overflowing with holiday happiness.

After intermission, Amahl And The Night Visitors brings to life the story of three mysterious kings who are following a star to bring gifts to a wondrous child in a fully-staged, brand-new production created for Dayton Opera. The three kings stop for rest at the home of Amahl, a shepherd boy who lives in poverty with his mother, and when Amahl offers his own simple gift to the child, a miracle happens. Since its first performance on Christmas Eve 1951, this holiday classic has been performed on every continent in many languages and has been seen by more people than any other opera in history. A heartwarming story of kindness and generosity, it is the perfect first opera – or hundredth!


Beckel Christmas Fanfare
Coleridge-Taylor Christmas Overture
Arr. Wendel Coventry Carol
Ross T’was the night before Christmas (Sung by Alaina Saliba)
Traditional Austrian Carol (arr. Wendel) Still, Still, Still (with the Kettering Children’s Choir)
Ruth Morris Gray We’re Goin’ Up to Bethlehem! (with the Kettering Children’s Choir)
Amundson Rejoice *
Choplin Unto Us a Child is Born *
Whitacre Glow *
Leontovych (arr. McKay and Ames) Carol of the Bells *
Traditional Carols (arr. Wendel) A Merry Christmas Sing-along *

Featured Artists

Patrick Reynolds, conductor

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Kettering Children’s Choir, directed by Christina Smith

Alaina Saliba, soprano

Community Chorus, featuring the choirs of

Miami East High School (Omar Lozano, Director)

Stivers School for the Arts (Paula Powell, Director)

with members of the following church choirs:

St. John’s Lutheran (Margaret Dill, Director)

Kirkmont Presbyterian (Amy Vaubel, Director)

Normandy United Methodist Church (Rick Lewis, Director)

Peace Lutheran (Linda Lally, Director)

Amahl and the Night Visitors Cast

Amahl Sammy Rudrapati*
Amahl’s Mother Rebecca Krynski Cox
King Kaspar Carl Rosenthal*
King Melchior Darren Drone*
King Balthazar Artega Wright*
The Page Aaron Gouge*
The Page’s Apprentice Aaron Exman*
Dancer Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue*
Dancer Da’Rius Malone*

* Dayton Opera Debut
† Dayton Opera Artist In Residence

Artistic and Production Team

Patrick Reynolds, conductor
Kathleen Clawson, stage director
Qarrianne Blayr, choreographer
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Dayton Opera Chorus
Jeffrey Powell, chorus master

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC)
Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Chief Artistic and Producing Director

Lyn Baudendistel, costume designer
Inseung Park*, scenic designer
John Rensel, resident lighting designer
John Lavarnway, props coordinator
Thomas Venditelli, wig/makeup designer
Cass Brake, wig/makeup designer
Amanda Sheller*, production stage manager


Amahl and the Night Visitors

Dr. Ron Anderson and Robb Sloan Anderson