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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.

The Pirates of Penzance Student Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, April 20, 2016 | 6 – 9 p.m.
For students grade 3 and above
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

High jinks on the high seas! Gilbert and Sullivan’s cheeky and charming operetta abounds with pirates, maidens and a Major General with the true gift of gab. Featuring hyperkinetic lyrics, madly colorful sets and a bevy of bungling bobbies, this production promises to be an evening of pure fun. Young Frederic, instantly smitten by the lovely Mabel but beholden to a Pirate King, and beleaguered by the Major General, must fulfill his sense of duty while staying true to his love. Sound complicated? That’s because only in The Pirates of Penzance will you hear the words ‘’lot o’ news’’ rhymed with “hypotenuse.’’  Sung in English with English subtitles and suitable for children who still pretend they’re pirates.


This event is sold out! Please take advantage of our $15 student rush tickets for one of our performances – especially our family-friendly matinee on Saturday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.

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

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