Virginia Opera, The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia will present Student Night at the Opera in Richmond on March 28 at 7:30 PM at Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Student Night at the Opera will feature a dress rehearsal performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado exclusively for students and their chaperones, with steeply reduced ticket prices.
Admittance to Student Night at the Opera is only $10 per student ticket. Regular priced tickets to Richmond performances usually begin at $29. These special evenings allow students to experience the opera in a comfortable setting with their peers, giving them a chance to discover the joy of a fully-staged opera for a nominal fee.
The goal of the program, which is geared towards school age youths from fourth grade through college, is to help students develop an appreciation for the performing arts and encourage them to become active cultural participants. By allowing them the opportunity to experience the power of a live, professional performance and the excitement of a sophisticated night out on the town, Student Night at the Opera provides the perfect entry to future arts engagement.
Virginia Opera’s first ever Student Night at the Opera was in Richmond during the 1979-80 season. La Bohème was performed at what was then the Mosque Theater (now the Landmark Theater), and a dress rehearsal performance was opened to area students.
Virginia Opera understands the importance of education and has created complimentary study guides for each production to enrich the cultural experience. These guides allow readers to learn more about the opera, time period, and composer prior to attending the performance. The study guides were developed by educators to ensure that they conform to the Virginia Standards of Learning and enhance classroom teaching environments. To download study guides, visit http://www.vaopera.org/html/educationoutreach/studyguides.cfm
Virginia Opera’s Student Night at the Opera is part of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts. This is a statewide collaboration of artists, art organizations, museums, and libraries presenting thousands of performances, exhibitions, festivals, film screenings, and readings by, for, or about children and the arts from March 1 to June 30, 2012. For more information please visit www.artsva.org.
Educators, parents, and students seeking tickets or information about Virginia Opera’s other education programs in Richmond may visit www.vaopera.org or call 866-673-7282 ext. 3347.
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