McALLEN South Texas Lyric Opera, the Rio Grande Valley's premier opera company and sponsored in part by South Texas College, celebrates the holiday season with its sixth annual performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

Fully staged with a live orchestra, the story centers on Amahl, who is a poor, crippled shepherd boy living with his widowed mother. They encounter the three kings destined to visit the newborn Christ and through the course of the tale, the young boy is cured of his lameness because of his selflessness.

At one hour in length and performed in English, the performance will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. at STC's Pecan Campus Cooper Center located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen.

"This is a story appealing to children of all ages, with magical themes and glorious music," said Dr. Mazias de Oliviera, founder and artistic director of STLO. "It was written specifically for young imaginations that can easily relate to a child with a head full of dreams. This is a great event for the entire family with uplifting themes of hope, which is particularly important in this day and age."

General admission tickets are $25 and tickets for students and senior citizens for $15. For more information or to reserve tickets call 956-872-6478.