Christmas Show Today At Suntree United Methodist Church

By  //  December 9, 2012

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'Amahl And The Night Visitors' Offered Sunday

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BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – A presentation of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be offered free to the community during the 9:30 and 11 :00 a.m. church services on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Andrew Meier, a 4th-grader at Quest Elementary School, will play the title role in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ at Suntree United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 9. (Image courtesy Suntree United Methodist Church)

Suntree United Methodist Church is at 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.

The musical play in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti was the first opera specifically composed for television in America and was the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame when broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1951.

Playing the title role of the lame shepherd boy Amahl is Quest Elementary School 4th-grader Andrew Meier.

Stetson University voice major Kyrsten Chambers will sing the role of Amahl’s mother, while the Three Kings will be performed by local tenor Roger Wenninger, accomplished baritone Kyle Knappenberger and Metropolitan Opera bass standout Dean Peterson.  Sophomore music major at Brevard Community College, J.D. Hart, will play the page.

A full orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Robert E. Lamb, chair for the department of Fine and Performing Arts at Brevard Community College and the Choir Director at Suntree United Methodist Church.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a church opera of the first class,” said Lamb.  “We are extremely lucky to have some of the best voice talent in Central Florida right here in Brevard.  And Suntree United Methodist is delighted to welcome all who would like to experience this Christmas classic.”

For more information about the performances, call Suntree United Methodist Church at 321-242-2585  or visit