CHELMSFORD -- As the holiday season draws to a close, the Aldersgate United Methodist Church presents Gian Carol Menotti's well-known opera Amahl and the Night Visitors Jan. 11-13.

Adam Lavoie, 11, of Chelmsford stars as Amahl, a poor crippled boy, who along with his widowed mother, finds his life changed forever after a visit from the Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child.

The compassionate story and beautiful music capture the essence of the Christmas season and are appropriate for family audiences.

Performances are Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at the church, 242 Boston Road, Chelmsford. $15, adults; $12, children, students and seniors. 978-256-1718 or www.aldersgateumc.us.

On the marquee

  • LANDMARK SHOW: Sixty years after the publication of Ralph Ellison's landmark novel Invisible Man, the Huntington Theatre Company presents the first authorized stage adaptation, with performances Jan. 4-Feb. 3 in the BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Invisible Man is about an unnamed, idealistic young African-American and his search for identity and his place in the world as he journeys through 1930s America. This production, with a script by Oren Jacoby, stars Teagle F. Bougere and is directed by Christopher McElroen. It is a co-production with Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre, where its fall run was extended twice. Tickets start at $25 at 617-266-0800 or www.huntingtontheatre.org.
  • CALL FOR PLAYS: Image Theater of Lowell is seeking 10-minute plays and monologues on any subject written by female playwrights for its Femnoire: The Women's Playwriting Festival March 29-30 at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1. Two-submission limit in Word compatible format. Visit www.imagetheater.com for guidelines.
  • VINTAGE ACT: The Four Freshman, one of America's most enduring vocal groups, perform at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham, on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. 781-27902200 or www.stonehamtheatre.org for tickets.
  • UPCOMING: Tickets are on sale now for the first Boston run of The Book of Mormon, playing the Opera House April 9-28. Visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com for info ...

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.