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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 titles with the translations so that students will be able to follow the action on stage.

Prior to the final dress rehearsal, teachers receive a packet of educational materials to prepare their students for what to expect, to create an entire 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 main stage cast member, pianist and Lyric Opera Education Department staff member!

The program costs $885 for main stage artists visit, educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100.  Or, $5 per person for educational materials and the dress rehearsal for groups up to 100.  Two adult chaperons are required per every 13 students at the final dress rehearsal, and the minimum group size is 15 (2 chaperons, 13 students). Each year the grade level appropriateness is determined for the opera and published online below.  Buses may be available through the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Transportation Fund. For more information, visit

The Student Dress Rehearsals currently scheduled are listed below.  To book your visit or for questions contact Linda Brand, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at or 816.802.6053.

Everest Student Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 6 – 9 p.m.
For students grade 7 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


This contemporary tragedy brings to life the white-knuckle rush and devastating true stories of three climbers caught in a blizzard on Mt. Everest in 1996. As the first staged performance since the world premiere in Dallas, Everest promises to take you on an operatic journey unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Together, Gene Scheer’s unrelenting libretto and composer Joby Talbot’s luminous and inventive score surrounds us with the insurmountable beauty of the Himalayas, the demons and dreams driving each climber upwards, and the undeniable danger that infuses every exhausted step with fear. Sung in English with English subtitles.

The Barber of Seville Student Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 2017 | 6 – 9 p.m.
For students grade 5 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


Check your powdered wigs at the door and join us in Seville, Spain for a Barber of a different color. While true to every character, every wink and every note, this vibrant performance of The Barber of Seville draws inspiration from the magical realism of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar to stretch the opera’s Spanish setting into an experience that is as ’60s psychedelic as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

To book your visit to The Barber of Seville Student Dress Rehearsal, click the link below:

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Questions? Contact Linda Brand, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at or 816.802.6053.

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