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Thank you for joining us for this season's children's opera, Earth to Kenzie. Below you will find teacher resources to assist you in introducing your students to the magic of opera!

Opera Overview
Musical Highlights - Coming in October! 
Student Backstage Pass!
Codeverse Teacher Training Packet
Lyric Teacher Guide
Meet the Designers
Addressing Homelessness

Opera Overview

Student Backstage Pass!

Backstage Pass! is the official student study guide and program for Earth to Kenzie. Feel free to download and share with students if you have yet to receive hard copies of the Backstage Pass! in the mail. 


Lyric's Educational Partner for Earth to Kenzie is Codeverse, the world's first fully interactive coding studio and development platform for kids ages 6-13. As part of our partnership, Codeverse has offered resources for teachers to give their students more insight on the worlds of coding, video game creation and app development. 

Join us at the crossroads of creativity and technology! 

Lyric Teacher Guide for Opera in the Neighborhoods

Bringing Kenzie's Worlds to Life


Meet Jeffrey D. Kmiec and Mieka van der Ploeg, set designer and costume designer for Earth to Kenzie as they discuss everything from space kitties and video games on stage to Kenzie's quest to finding confidence in the classroom. 

Addressing Homelessness

In the opera, the building that Kenzie and her mother live in has been sold. They receive an eviction notice and are forced to move out during Christmas break. With no place to go, Kenzie’s mom finds them temporary housing in a family shelter. At this point in their lives they are experiencing housing insecurity, or it can be said that they are dealing with homelessness. 

It is important to note that homelessness is something that happens to people, not who they are.

Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera (co-commissioners of the work) want to bring awareness to this issue because it is a serious challenge that many children and families in our cities face. 

According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 50,949 Illinois students were experiencing homelessness during the 2017-18 school year. In 2018-19, 16,450 CPS students were experiencing homelessness.  

If you’d like to learn more about this issue and what support systems are in place to help children and families in the Chicago area, we invite you to explore the resources below: