Schools of Music and Theater Team Up for Holiday Performances

Posted: December 3, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: December 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Teaming up to usher in the holiday season, George Mason University’s School of Music and School of Theater will present “A Commedia Prelude” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus.

Created by theater adjunct faculty David Gaines, “A Commedia Prelude” is inspired by the themes and wonders of the holiday season. Presented by students in Gaines’ Advanced Movement for Actors course, he promises an opening act that is “funny, probably ridiculous in some ways, and if we can manage it, heartwarming by the end.”

Continuing a holiday tradition at George Mason, the School of Music and the Mason Opera will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an opera created by Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti. The opera tells the story of a young disabled shepherd boy and his mother who receive a visit from the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem.

From Mason’s School of Music, John Aler, voice professor and Grammy Award-winning tenor, serves as artistic and stage director of the Mason Opera, and Patricia Miller, director of the vocal studies program, serves as producer of the Mason Opera. Directing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be Rick Davis, executive director of the Hylton Center and professor of theater.

“We’re so excited to bring together both the School of Theater and the School of Music again for these holiday classics,” says Ken Elston, director of the School of Theater. “These performances will highlight the growing partnership between the two schools and continue to prove the effective nature of interdisciplinary collaborations.”

For more information about the performance and to purchase tickets, visit the Hylton Center website.

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