Christmas Opera Staged at Kansas Wesleyan


SALINA, KS (11/21/2017)– Kansas Wesleyan University presented “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, Nov. 16-18 in Fitzpatrick Auditorium, Sams Hall of Fine Arts.

Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitor” was the first opera commissioned especially for television. The opera tells the story of a crippled shepherd boy, Amahl, who offers his crutch as a present to the Christ child, is healed and joins the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. The opera was directed by Rebecca Copley, KWU Director of Vocal Studies, with Ken Hakoda, KWU Director of Choirs, conducting.

Joshua Hoerner, of Lindsborg, KS, played the part of a shepherd.

Alicia Mora, of Hutchinson, KS, played in the orchestra.

Valerie Goertz, of Hutchinson, KS, played in the orchestra.

Shelby Westfahl, of Hutchinson, KS, played in the orchestra.


About Kansas Wesleyan University

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private four-year college founded in Salina, Kansas in 1886. Affiliated with The United Methodist Church, KWU offers unique and innovative undergraduate degrees and a Master of Business Administration. The university, recognized as a College of Distinction, is characterized by excellence within a caring environment and student-centered education. At Kansas Wesleyan, students are encouraged to get involved in the classroom and in the community, explore academic interests and participate in activities, learn and serve in Salina and the world. Learn more at


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