Free holiday performance set for December 9 at Landmark Theater

The City's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will present its annual holiday gift to the city, its free production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at the Landmark Theater.

The one-act family musical composed by Gian Carlo Minotti was commissioned by NBC and broadcast live for the premiere of Hallmark Hall of Fame on Dec. 24, 1951. A heart-warming holiday classic that will charm both children and adults, it tells the story of the mischievous shepherd boy Amahl and his mother and how their lives are changed forever after meeting three kings.

The work is thought by some to be the most frequently produced opera in the world, and this will be the 51st year that the department has offered this holiday production to the public for free.

No reservations are required, and seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.