We’ve wrapped up a delightfully normal fall tour of our 1950’s adaptation of Barber of Seville! As we enter the celebratory atmosphere of the holiday season, we’re reflecting on reaching a particular segment of our audience – the ‘outliers’. Although our performances appeal mightily to the broad expanse of elementary school students, we get particular joy from reaching these students. There are children who are new arrivals to the U.S., others without a home, and those who have some type of learning difference or a physical – social – or emotional challenge. Time and again we’ve heard from parents, music teachers, and OFTY cast members with tales of the impact being a student chorus member has had on a child:


  • an English-learner speaking in class for the first time after participating in the show
  • the painfully shy student inviting friends to his home for the very first time after the performance
  • a child taking her music teacher out to the car where she’d been living in order to give her father the news that she was going to be a chorister!


Thank you for your commitment to our mission! Your gifts make our school tour and these positive connections to opera and our talented teaching artists possible. Please consider an additional gift this season to support our joyful Barber of Seville on the road!



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