Opera in the Neighborhoods

Lyric Unlimited's Opera in the Neighborhoods brings live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area. Programmed for grades 3-6, the Opera in the Neighborhoods program is free to schools with a suggested donation of $65 per classroom. Bus scholarships are available for qualifying Chicago Public schools. 

Reservations are now available for this year's Opera in the Neighborhoods! 

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Earth to Kenzie: An Opera for Young Audiences

How far can your imagination take you? 

Meet Kenzie, a fifth grader with homework, asthma and a big imagination. When she and her mother have to move into a family shelter, Kenzie finds refuge in the world of video games alongside her avatar, Edwin.

Through their imaginary space adventures, Kenzie dares to go farther than ever before. Can she find the confidence to make friends and succeed at school? Can she find her way home? Earth to Kenzie is a new opera written by Frances Pollock and Jessica Murphy Moo and is specifically programmed for young audiences ages 7-12. 

This year's schedule

Each venue will have two performances, one at 10AM and one at 12PM:

Tuesday, October 15 North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall 30 N. Brainard St. Naperville

Wednesday, October 16 Barrington High School 616 W. Main St. Barrington

Thursday, October 17 Governors State University 1 University Pkwy. University Park

Monday, October 21 Curie Metro High School 4959 S. Archer Ave. Chicago (Capacity is filled, reservations are now closed for both performances)

Wednesday, October 23 Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School 3120 S. Kostner Ave. Chicago

Friday, October 25 Schurz High School 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
(Reservations are now closed for the 10am performance)

Tuesday, October 29 Morgan Park High School 1744 W Pryor Ave. Chicago

Wednesday, October 30 Addison Trail High School 213 N. Lombard Ave. Addison (Reservations are now closed for the 10am performance)

Friday, November 1 College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts 19351 W. Washington St. Grayslake (Reservations are now closed for the 10am performance)

Tuesday, November 5 Senn High School 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. Chicago (Reservations are now closed for the 10am performance)

Thursday, November 7 Westinghouse High School 3223 W Franklin Blvd. Chicago

Friday, November 8 Evanston Township High School 1600 Dodge Ave. Evanston (Reservations are now closed for the 10am performance)

Tuesday, November 12 Schurz High School 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

Thursday, November 14 The Chicago Academy 3400 N. Austin Ave. Chicago  (Reservations are now closed for the 12pm performance)

Friday, November 15 Gary Comer Youth Center 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. Chicago

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Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundEarth to Kenzie and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Robert and Evelyn McCullen, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, and Wintrust Community Banks.    

Lyric Unlimited Chicago Public Schools Bus Scholarships are supported by the U.S. Bank Foundation.