Youth and Family Programs

Storytelling with Purpose.

Reaching approximately 20,000 people per year in schools, community centers and performance venues, Kentucky Opera’s youth and family programs extend the company’s civic impact by providing a relevant cultural service to educators, young people, and families. These programs are designed to provide powerful artistic experiences that resonate with children of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and interests; engage transferrable learning and skills found within the arts; inspire creative expression and exploration for children, educators, and families; and utilize the arts as a powerful agent of change to build community with equity, compassion, and a place of belonging among people from all walks of life.

Youth Opera Project

Grades 3-12

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Register Now for Youth Opera Project

Explore the excitement of singing, acting and movement, and the thrill of theatre with Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project. Learn from professional teaching artists in a nurturing and engaging environment as you prepare to represent Kentucky Opera as one of its performing company members. This program meets Monday evenings and select Saturdays during the academic year†. Our Youth Opera Project culminates in the production of Robin Hood, a youth opera at the Bomhard Theater in June 2022.

All youth ages 8-18 are welcome to participate. All skill levels welcome; no experience necessary! Applications open in mid-October. $750* per school year. Financial assistance and payment plans are available.*

† Performing company members are invited to represent Kentucky Opera in various performances throughout the community and to audition for mainstage productions. These events will require additional rehearsal time.

Bravo Time

Takes place at the Opera Center**, located at 708 Magazine St., Louisville, KY 40203

Pre-K-Grade 2

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This 30-minute storybook program for children in preschool through grade 2 and their caregivers fosters early literacy building blocks through the arts. Keeping playful exploration at the heart of learning, children will explore storybooks and storytelling with singing, dramatic play, musical creation, and creative expression. Delivered at the Opera Center by a professionally trained teaching artist.

$8* per session. *Financial assistance is available.
Bravo Time Sponsor: PNC

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Group of smiling students seated in a theater. Photo by Patrick L. Pfister.
Photo by Patrick L. Pfister

Grades 7-12

From electrical and carpentry to musical performance, acting, and visual design, there are many ways to appreciate and participate in the theatre arts. This is your guided experience of the backstage. Visit rehearsals, tour the scene shop, or explore the costume workshop to see our handcrafted collection. Customized experiences can be tailored to your youth group or classroom of 10 to 30 students. One chaperone required per every 10 students, please. $8* per student per visit. *Financial assistance is available.

In School Opera Tour

Each year, Kentucky Opera tours elementary schools with a fully staged, sung performance designed to delight the eyes, ears, and mind. Staged in gyms, all-purpose rooms, and cafeterias throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, these shows are performed in English and selected specifically for ages K-5. Enhancement materials are shared in advance of each performance to help each classroom teacher connect the performance to the classroom curriculum. $500 per school performance. Financial Assistance is available. Our in-school programming has been suspended during the pandemic, please email us to hear from us once we have restored these programs.

Youth Programs Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in our youth programs! Please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch with you in the near future. Please note that response times may be delayed due to the pandemic.


Please email us at if you have any questions.

* Kentucky Opera is committed to eliminating any and all barriers to participation in the arts for everyone. With gratitude to our patrons and sponsors, Kentucky Opera is dedicated to welcoming the participation of everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Each of our programs is offered at a lowered, subsidized cost, and additional financial assistance is always available. To request financial assistance, please contact

** Our in-school programming has been suspended during the pandemic, please email us at to hear about our programming once we have restored these programs.

Thank you to our Youth Program sponsors!

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