Light Opera of New Jersey is proud to announce its 24th Season: A Season of Faith, Frivolity & Freedom!

To open our season, LONJ presents Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Joanna Hoty Russell with musical direction by Lois Buesser and choreography by Beth Amiano Gleason. Under the direction of Tara Postigo, the New Jersey Youth Chorus’ Sola Voce ensemble will perform a special concert of seasonal selections before each Amahl presentation. November 30 and December 1, 2018 at 5 pm and 7:30 pm at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Tickets at http://www.lonj.org/tickets/ or by calling 908-655-6023.The  Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm performance will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf community.

Light Opera of New Jersey is proud to announce its 24th Season of operetta and musical theatre! LONJ kicks off its season of Faith, Frivolity and Freedom with Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Joanna Hoty Russell with musical direction by Lois Buesser and choreography by Beth Amiano Gleason. First commissioned for television and premiered by NBC Television Opera Theatre in 1951, Amahl has become a treasured part of many families' holiday tradition. A poor young boy is awakened in the middle of the night by a knock on the door, and who should he find but three kings following a star. This one act opera emphasizes generosity and the importance of family, and is the perfect performance to start off your holiday season. LONJ is proudly producing Amahl for the fifth time in the company's 24-year history. LONJ is thrilled to be collaborating with the New Jersey Youth Chorus for the first time. Under the direction of Tara Postigo, the New Jersey Youth Chorus’ Sola Voce ensemble will perform a special concert of seasonal selections before each Amahl presentation. November 30 & December 1, 2018 at 5 pm and 7:30 pm at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Tickets at http://www.lonj.org/tickets/ or by calling 908-655-6023. The  Friday, Nov. 30 7:30 pm performance will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf community.

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LONJ continues to build a strong cast of new and returning talents. Starring as Amahl at alternate performances are Jack Wallace and Ilan Onigman. Susan Kirkland reprises her role as the Mother. All three Kings are making their LONJ debut: Gregory Sheppard (Balthazar), Kevin Johnson (Melchior), and K’idar Miller (Kaspar). Featured parts include the Page, played by Zachary Morehouse, and Dancers, Susan Ramirez and Kevin Farrelly. Rounding out the cast in the Shepherd ensemble are Tracey Lynne Haskell, Laura DeFelice, Rebecca Monk, Paula Roper, Mattie Morley, Sarah O’Sullivan, Michael Baruffi, Mike McCormick, Matthew Onigman, Rick Morley, Ted Roper, Changkuo Hsieh, Krish Kumar, and Anthony Alberti.

The New Jersey Youth Chorus is an auditioned choral program made up of over 200 choristers in grades four through twelve. NJYC’s mission is to provide exceptional choral music education and performance experiences, fostering expression, artistry and growth. Under the direction of Tara Postigo, the Sola Voce Ensemble features the middle school girls of NJYC. Singing seasonal selections before each presentation of Amahl are Sia Bansal, Ella Damratoski, Anna Dynda, Arwen Ellis, Lily Fanelle, Alexandra Grushkin, Charlotte Grushkin, Tiffany Jia, Ameya Kamath, Saketha Kedarsetty, Samantha Lado, Sejal Patel, Hannah Richardson, Anika Shankar, Anushka Shah, Abigail Simon, Anna Celeste Stentebjerg-Olesen, Heidi von der Linden, Iliana Weisberg, and Temira Weisberg.

LONJ is a premier operetta, opera, and musical theater company founded in 1995 by William Corson, Executive Director, and Lauran Corson, Artistic Director. To learn more about upcoming productions, visit www.lonj.org. Become a season subscriber! Contact info@lonj.org for more information.