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School Shows

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is proud to offer dedicated daytime showings of select productions for schools (grades 5-12) to attend as field trips.

To amplify the experience, teachers will receive access to curricular resources to ensure students acquire tools to unlock opera’s potential. Additionally, teachers may schedule an in-school or virtual Lyric Opera Prelude prior to the dress rehearsal.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Seamlessly pairing live singing and music with masterful puppetry, Amahl and the Night Visitors brings to life the story of three kings – the Magi – who have traveled from faraway lands to bring gifts to a child born in Bethlehem. When they stop to rest for the night, they are taken in by an impoverished boy who is disabled and his mother. Amahl is dazzled both by their stories and the exotic treasures they carry, but the humble host will soon show them what it truly means to give with a generous heart, triggering a miraculous ending to this inspiring story. Based on Italian folktales of the Nativity and the Epiphany, this imaginative, unique telling of the first Christmas is an original Lyric Opera of Kansas City production created in collaboration with master puppeteer Paul Mesner.

School shows include access to curricular resources and, after each performance, a Q&A with the cast and opportunity to meet the puppets.

Option #1– Wednesday | November 30, 2022 | 10:00 am  SOLD OUT*
Option #2– Tuesday | December 6, 2022 | 10:00 am SOLD OUT*
Option #3– Tuesday | December 6, 2022 | 12:30 pm SOLD OUT*

  • *A limited number of tickets for a small school group may be available. Email Director of Education and Community Engagement Neal Long nlong@kcopera.org to inquire about availability.

Run time: ~90 minutes total
Language: English

Recommended for grades 5 and above. For more information regarding content, reach out to Director of Education and Community Engagement Neal Long at nlong@kcopera.org or 816-802-6054.



$10 per individual with optional Lyric Opera Prelude for $200


Minimum Group Size– 15 attendees

  • 2 adult chaperones required per 13 students
  • Smaller group sizes considered on a case-by-case basis

Registration & Payment

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Please review the guiding registration timeline below according to performance date.

  • 30 days prior- registration and preliminary number of attendees due
  • 17 days prior- final number of attendees due
  • 14 days prior- invoices issued
  • 7 days prior- payment and list of attendee names due

Payment may be made by check or card.

Lyric Opera Prelude

A Lyric Opera Prelude designed especially for your class in alignment with curricular goals can be scheduled prior to the dress rehearsal. Deliverable in-person at your school or virtually, these sessions are facilitated by Lyric Opera education staff and and artists. Lyric Opera Preludes are crafted to orient students to the world of Amahl and the Night Visitors and invite consideration of how opera can open their world.

Location & Arrival

School shows will be the held at the Lyric Opera Production Arts Center in the Crossroads. Groups should arrive 30 minutes early to ensure adequate time for seating.

Transportation & Parking

Transportation to and from the Lyric Opera Production Arts Center is the responsibility of the visiting group. Buses can be accommodated.

The Missouri Arts Council offers the Big Yellow School Bus Grant to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to arts institutions and activities in Missouri that are funded by the Missouri Arts Council.

Parking is available on nearby streets.


Groups with individuals requiring accommodations are encouraged to reach out to Neal Long, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at nlong@kcopera.org or 816-802-6054.


Neal Long, Director of Education and Community Engagement
Phone: 816-802-6054
Email: nlong@kcopera.org

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