“Amahl and the Night Visitors” film being shown at Mariposa Museum, Peterborough
Marionettes of the three kings and the lame boy Amahl were featured in the New England Marionette Opera's Christmas productions. A recent video of "Amahl and the Night Vistors," made just before the theater was destroyed in a 1999 fire, will be shown next week at the Hancock Town Library.
A screening of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a recording of a performance by the New England Marionette Opera, will be shown at the Mariposa Museum on Sunday at 5 p.m.
This performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera on Dec. 20, 1998, concluded a sold-out run of five performances every weekend that December. Two weeks later, early on New Year’s Day, fire destroyed the theater.
This screening brings the New England Marionettes back home. The building, originally a Baptist church, was transformed into the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center.
After the fire, the building was literally saved from the wrecking ball by the nonprofit Peterborough 2000 and made saleable. It was purchased by David Blair and Linda Marsella, who restored the building, respecting its historic façade, and created the Mariposa Museum, which opened its doors July 1, 2002.
Blair named the folk art museum the Mariposa, which is Spanish for butterfly and the universal symbol of rebirth and transformation. Two marionettes, Madame Butterfly and Ubar from Ahmal, still reside at the Mariposa, gifts from Ted Leach, the owner of the New England Marionette Opera.
The screening is free and all are welcome to attend.