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Virginia Opera Brings Student Night At The Opera To Richmond

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 

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

Educators, parents, and students seeking tickets or information about Virginia Opera’s other education programs in Richmond may visit or call 866-673-7282 ext. 3347.

Media seeking photos or more information may contact Communications Specialist Katie Shubert at 804-644-8168, ext. 3323, or via e-mail at

Total Sales Figures For 2011 Gives McMahon’s RV The #1 Position

Just a week earlier, McMahon’s RV captured the top position as the #1 RV Dealer in California for new towables. Now the latest report from Statistical Survey’s, Inc. of Michigan, Inc., which is the most respected and recognized company in the country that tracks RV sales, shows that overall total sales places McMahon’s RV the #1 dealership in California.

The facts are clear, the study shows that McMahon’s RV sold a total of 849 RV’s compared to its closest competitor who only sold 783. This is an increase of 7.3% for McMahon’s RV from the previous year. In addition, McMahon’s RV sold more Class C motor homes, a total of 148, making them #1 in that category as well.

“These stats confirm McMahon’s RV not only was the state of California’s number 1 towable dealer but also number one in the state for motorized, making McMahon’s the undisputed number 1 RV dealer in the state of California for 2011… we are extremely proud to claim this title in what is a very competitive marketplace. We worked hard to get it and we got the belt! Somewhere we can hear Queen singing we are the champions and we are !!”, commented Brent McMahon, president of McMahon’s RV.

McMahon’s understands what customers are looking for during these difficult times and has responded by offering excellent brand names at great savings. In addition, McMahon’s service departments have skilled technicians to keep customers RV’s in top shape as they journey across the country. A wide selection of fifth wheelers and travel trailers like Coachmen, Forest River, Heartland, and Eclipse, plus a full line of Class A and Class C motor homes make shopping for that dream RV easy for all customers.

McMahon’s RV is a division of MegaRV Corporation and has been serving Southern California since 2000, with a new facility located in Mesa, Arizona. Visit the website at: