This Easter weekend, the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre has a performance to help invite the Holy Spirit.
Premiering this Friday, April 2, and again on April 3 and April 5, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will play at the Idaho Falls Colonial Theatre. The production follows the story of Amahl, a crippled boy, who meets three kings who are on their way to see Jesus in the manger.
Brittany Crook, the choreographer for the production, said they started production in early January.
“I didn’t start the choreography until February myself, so it’s been really fast,” she said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio.
This is Crook’s first time choreographing a production as a full-time employee. Before, she has only worked as an intern for different productions.
“It’s been a little stressful at times, but it’s also been really fun,” Crook said. “There’s more responsibilities than when you’re intern, but I think this is really nice, and I think this is where I want to go in life.”
She’s learned a lot in this position. She’s used to choreographing more traditional American dances, but “Amahl and the Night Visitors” required a different approach.
“This show takes place in a Middle Eastern country, so I’ve had to learn about a culture that I didn’t really know much about. It’s been really fun, but it’s also been a challenge since I’ve had to do so much research and learn a lot of new things to make it as authentic as possible,” Crook said.
Crook also happens to be a dance major at BYU-Idaho. She said this education has helped her in preparing for a role in a production like this.
“I think the dance program on campus is absolutely phenomenal. All the professors have been super helpful for me in teaching me all the proper techniques and in gaining the confidence I needed to start something like this,” she said.
If you’re interested in seeing the show, more information and tickets are available on the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre’s website, ifot.org.