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Student Dress Rehearsal

Experience the magic of live opera

Student Dress Rehearsal Program - photo by Cory WeaverEach year Lyric Opera of Kansas City invites students to attend a final dress rehearsal at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, where they will be enthralled by the music and drama of the opera! In the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, all seats include subtitles so that students will be able to follow the action on stage.

Prior to the dress rehearsal, teachers receive a packet of educational materials to prepare their students for what to expect, to create a lesson plan about the opera, and to ensure students gain the most from their experience. There is also an option to schedule an in-school visit from a cast member, pianist and Lyric Opera Education Department staff member!

The program costs $885 for a mainstage artist visit, educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100. Or, $6 per person for educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100.

Two adult chaperones are required per every 13 students at the dress rehearsal, and the minimum group size is 15 (2 chaperones, 13 students). Each year the grade level appropriateness is determined for the opera and published below.  Buses may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund.

To book your visit or for questions contact Patron Services at patronservices@kcopera.org or (816) 471-4933.

Can’t make the Student Dress Rehearsal? 

There’s another option! We are excited to offer a change to our Student Rush program this year. Instead of having to wait until 90 minutes before a performance, students and teachers can now reserve their $15 Student Rush tickets online two weeks before the show! Seats will be assigned by our staff and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call. Keep an eye on your email – we’ll send a link when tickets are available.   If you do not receive a link please contact Ashley Benes by email at abenes@kcopera.org.

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