EPPING– Director Elaine Gatchell and Leddy Center present two Christmas love stories; Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”, for two weekends and one mid week performance, December 2-11.

Jessica Squier as the Mother and 7 year old Ryan Dever as Amahl

These beautiful love musicals represent the essence of the holiday season. With Menotti’s harmonies and Peter Ekstrom’s simplicity of the classic “Gift”, this is a holiday special you don’t want to miss. Seven year old Ryan Dever of Exeter is the boy, Amahl, singing some of Menotti’s most beautiful masterpieces with Jessica Squire of Portsmouth as the Mother.

Our Kings are Don Latham of Hampstead as Kaspar, Craig Johnson of Epping as Balthasar, and Paul Gustavson of Danville as Melchior. Paul Gustavson just returned from China where he had all three of the Kings’ beautiful silk costumes  tailormade for our Kings while he was there.

Jake Hudgins of Hampstead is the Page, and Shepherds are Christina Vogel, Spencer Gregory, Don LaDuke, Jennifer Latham, Beth Gauthier, Stephanie Johnson, Ruth George, Michaela Kosta, Stephanie Storey, Monique Ricard, Joy Wood, John Seymour, Greg Johnson, Bob Collinge,Bill Burr, Matt Lundergan, and Caitlin Meditz.

Starring in O. Henry’s famous classic story “The Gift of the Magi” is Sheila Allen-Harris as Della and Don LaDuke as Jim in this heartwarming s tory set to beautiful music by Peter Ekstrom. Sponsored by D. F. Richard Energy and Ben Franklin Store/ACE Hardward of Raymond, performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays and one Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2pm. Tickets are $18. and $16., depending upon seating. To reserve your tickets for these two special presentations in one very special show, call the Leddy box office at 603-679-2781, Monday through Friday, from 3pm to 5pm, or go on line, 24/7 at leddycenter.org.

Leddy Center is a non-profit 501c3 NH Arts and Education Organization.

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