Thank you again for another wonderful year of Amahl!
Mischa Santora, conductor
Irina Niculescu, conception and directing
David Fichter, design
Kim Popa, choreography
Madcap Puppets, puppetry
Xavier University Edgecliff Ensemble, vocalists
Pones Inc., dancers
Alex Mullins and Mance Ranne, Amahl
Jennifer Panara, Mother
Brad Raymond, Kaspar
Errik Hood, Melchior
Thomas Dreeze, Balthazar
Simon Barrad, The Page
Madcap puppeteers: Mel Hatch Douglas (King Kaspar), Dylan Shelton (King Melchior) and Nathan Noer (King Balthazar)
Pones Inc. dancers: Kim Popa, Ashley Morton, Ian Forsgren, Harper Lee and Kate Stark (Dancing Page)
Shadow puppets: Chris Douglas and John Lewandowski
Thank you to all of our Amahl 2013 Sponsors
L & L Nippert Charitable Foundation
The Corbett Foundation
The Motch Family Foundation (Jennifer Panara)
Summerfair Cincinnati (Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble)
Amahl Scholarship Sponsor
G. James and Ruthann Sammarco
Opening Night Reception Sponsor
Thank you for embracing our 2012 production of
Amahl and the Night Visitors!
Our 2012 inaugural production of Amahl
and the Night Visitors with
locally-based Madcap Puppets was a tremendous success thanks
to your support and patronage! Not only was it deemed artistically successful,
we sold out three of our four performances in our first year, and 97% of the
total tickets available!
for the ages
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer
Orchestra’s Amahl with Puppets a Delight
Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati
There are many to
thank for their contributions to the success of the project, most notably...
- Madcap Puppets, for their artistry and unflagging spirit of
- Xavier University, for their generosity, cooperation and welcoming
- Pones Inc
for their talent and humor
- And, of course, the
than 1,360 of you who shared this experience with us!
Your Reviews are In...
What a delight! A unique production of what is now a "Standard," staged beautifully to focus on the principals, framed with dynamic Madcap "scenery" that moved, framing the action, played by an on-stage orchestra for all to see, conducted by a sensitive maestro, with eyes flashing, leading the singers and players masterfully, acted with a freshness and humor that engaged the audience from the start, sung beautifully with a week yet dramatic personal touch that bound the singers together and with a chorus and dance scene that surprised and amazed the audience like a pinata at a birthday party. Not just a chestnut, but a Feast! By God, you did it! Congratulations!
It was the best of many good arts performances I have seen in 2012. Truly.
Thank you to all the people who made "Amahl" the highlight of the Christmas season. I hope we can look forward to seeing it again next year.
It would be the next thing to criminal not to do this every year!
We were enchanted by the "Amahl" production! We love this opera and thought that it was greatly enhanced by the quality of the musicians, the wonderful puppets and the intimate setting of Gallagher Hall.
The addition of the larger than life puppets made it more kid friendly and magical (magical Magi)!
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