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Here's a special afternoon designed to introduce kids and their families to the opera in a way that's fun and fabulous!

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  • Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Approximate running time: 70 minutes

Come with us on a 70-minute opera adventure created especially for kids ages 5 to 12. Our host is the famed Chicago actor Ross Lehman—four-time Jeff Award winner with credits including zany Captain Andy in Lyric’s  Show Boat, and Mr. Fezziwig in Goodman Theatre’s  A Christmas Carol.

He’ll lead us through selected songs and scenes from Lyric’s mainstage production of Donizetti’s comic gem,  Don Pasquale —where two young people in love outsmart their crusty old uncle!

We’ll watch a set change and find out how it’s done. There will be a special printed program for kids with take-home activities, and more!

Give the children in your life the opportunity to hear Lyric’s celebrated orchestra and star singers, including Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Marlis Petersen. Let them marvel at our gilded Art-Deco opera house. Let them see the fantastic scenery and costumes that have our adult audiences cheering, “Bravo!”

Lyric Opera production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow.

Popcorn + Pasquale made possible by presenting sponsor the Chicago Tribune Media Group, with additional support from Bulley & Andrews LLC Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and Joyce E. ChelbergPopcorn & Pasquale is a project of Lyric Unlimited.


  • Ildebrando D

    Don Pasquale

    Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

  • Marlis Petersen


    Marlis Petersen

  • Ross Lehman


    Ross Lehman