Youth & School Programs

22/23 Youth & Family Programs Sponsor
Frank & Paula Harshaw

Storytelling With a Purpose

Reaching approximately 20,000 people per year in schools, community centers and performance venues, Kentucky Opera’s youth and school 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.

Bravo Time


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. Classes are presented by professionally trained teaching artists. Bravo Time can also be adapted to fit the classroom at preschools, elementary schools & childcare centers across the city.

Youth Opera Project

AGES 8–18

Meet new friends, sing, dance, laugh and have fun! Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project provides a safe and accepting environment that fosters self-expression, self-confidence, and the lifelong skill of supporting others. Youth ages 8-18 will learn tips from professional teaching artists in singing, acting, stage movement, and audition preparation in addition to becoming one of Kentucky Opera’s performing members in mainstage productions and other public opportunities.

Register for Auditions – May 11 & 13, 2023

In-School Performances


Each year, Kentucky Opera tours schools with performances designed to delight the eyes, ears, and mind. Performed in classrooms, gyms, all-purpose rooms, and cafeterias throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, these shows are in English and selected specifically for ages K-5. Enhancement materials are shared in advance of each performance to support classroom teachers as they connect the performance to their classroom curriculum.



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.

Financial Assistance Available

Kentucky Opera is committed to eliminating barriers to participation in the arts for everyone. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Kentucky Opera welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to experience the power of opera, regardless of their financial situation. Each of our programs is offered at a lowered, subsidized cost, and additional financial assistance is always available.

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