Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin is presenting the beloved holiday family opera/musical Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 10:45 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 21 in the new Grace Family Life Center at 4th and State streets in Pekin. Free Will donations will be accepted but are not required.
Melissa Oltman, 12, is an amazing Amahl, and Marianne Oltman is singing the mother. Former Metropolitan Opera tenor Thomas Booth is King Kaspar, who sings the famous Box Aria; Pastor Joel Catlin is King Balthazar and Choir Director Jim Rimington is King Melchior. The production has a stage set, beautiful costumes, there are two dancers, a full chorus and an orchestra, as well. Special lighting is part of the show, and the voices will be projected to make sure everything is clearly heard. The church members have worked very hard to bring this epic to the community, and it is a show for the whole family!